Phony Rockefeller Gets 17 Years to Life in 1985 Murder

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SAN MARINO, Calif. (KTLA) — A convicted murderer who once posed as a member of the Rockefeller family was sentenced to 27 years to life in prison on Thursday.

Christian Gerhartsreiter, 52, was convicted back in April in the decades-old killing John Sohus, of San Marino.

Last month, Gerhartsreiter acted as his own attorney in an attempt to delay his sentencing, but the judge denied his request.

Sohus and his wife, Linda, disappeared in 1985. His remains were found in the family’s backyard nearly 10 years later.

Gerhartsreiter was also suspected of being involved in the disappearance of Linda Sohus. Her body was never found.

Gerhartsreiter rented a guest house from the Sohuses in the early 1980s, using the name Chichester.

Shortly after John and Linda Sohus disappeared, Gerhartsreiter moved to Connecticut with the couple’s truck.

Police investigated the disappearance, but the case went cold.

It wasn’t until nine years…

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