Man found guilty in 2012 death of wife in Rocky
Guilty was the verdict from a federal jury in Denver on Monday when Harold Henthon of Highlands Ranch was convicted of the first-degree murder of his wife, Toni Henthorn.
The murder occurred in Rocky Mountain National Park on Sept. 29, 2012; the Henthorn’s 12th wedding anniversary. First-degree murder chargers were filed against Henthorn in November last year. According to reports from the Associated Press the jury deliberated for 10 hours before delivering their verdict.
In September 2012 Harold Henthorn and his wife Toni were vacationing in the Park. While hiking through the Park the couple hiked to a prominent point overlooking a steep cliff.
Prosecutors alleged that Henthorn then pushed his wife off the cliff, where she fell approximately 130 feet, and died of injuries she sustained during the fall. Toni Henthorn’s body was found on the north side of Deer Mountain in the Park. During the trial the prosecution presented a map previously in Harold’s possession with an “X” mark on roughly the spot where Toni Henthorn was killed. Toni Henthorn had a $4.7 million life insurance policy that Harold stood to benefit from after her death.
The 2012 killing of Toni Henthorn is not the first suspicious death linked to Harold Henthorn. His previous wife also died under “accidental” circumstances that have since been brought back for re-examination.
Before his marriage to Toni Henthorn Harold Henthorn was married to Sandra “Lynn” Henthorn. She died in 1995 in an incident that occurred on Colorado 67 several miles west of Sedalia. In that incident Sandra was helping Harold change a tire on their car. Sandra was crushed to death under the car when it slipped off a jack while Sandra helped Harold change a tire. In both the 1995 death of Sandra Henthorn and the 2012 death of Toni Henthorn Harold was the only witness to the incidents.
Henthorn’s sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 8. He faces a mandatory life-sentence and has also been named as a suspect in the death of his first wife, Sandra.
The similarities between the two deaths instigated a closer investigation from authorities and were a central part of the prosecutions case against Henthorn.
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