Wedding anniversaries are a time for couples to celebrate their lives together but for one Colorado man, he’ll be spending it alone. After 10 hours of deliberation, a federal jury has convicted Harold Henthorn murder for killing his second wife during their hike at Rocky Mountain National Park back in 2012. NBC News report that the 59-year-old was found guilty of first-degree murder just a week shy of what would have been their 15th anniversary.
Toni Henthorn, an affluent Mississippi native fell 130 feet to her death on Sept. 29, 2012 and Harold maintained that it was an accident. He reportedly told investigators that his wife stopped to take a photo of the view and fell face-first over off the cliff. During the two-week trial, prosecutors argued that he made her fall look an in accident in order to benefit from her $4.7 million life insurance policies.
After the verdict was read, one of the jurors allegedly hugged Toni's mother, Yvonne Bertolet. "That was very meaningful," she told reporters. "Believe it or not I forgive him (Henthorn) for doing it. I feel for him and his family." Barry Bertolet, Toni's brother, added: "We are overjoyed with the verdict and relieved this won't happen to any other lady. We don't have to worry anymore."
Harold’s sentencing is scheduled for December 8. According to Fox 31 Denver, authorities are also looking into the death of his first wife.