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Published August 15, 2013, 12:25 PM

Rockefeller impostor sentenced for Calif. murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who assumed numerous identities including as a Rockefeller heir has been sentenced to 27 years to life in prison for a 1980s murder in California.

By: Linda Deutch, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who assumed numerous identities including as a Rockefeller heir has been sentenced to 27 years to life in prison for a 1980s murder in California.

Christian Gerhartsreiter (GAYR'-hahrtz-ry-tur) was sentenced Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court for the killing of John Sohus, who disappeared along with his wife Linda in 1985.

John Sohus' bones were later dug up in the backyard of a suburban San Marino home where Gerhartsreiter had been a tenant living under a false name.

The German immigrant also vanished around that time and in the following years masqueraded across the U.S. under a series of identities including as a pretender to the Rockefeller oil fortune.

Publicity over his conviction in the Massachusetts kidnapping of his own daughter led investigators to re-examine the California cold case.


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