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Florida man convicted of murdering wife over refusal to appear on reality TV show

A Florida man who prosecutors say strangled his wife to death after she learned he had lied about his multimillion-dollar fortune and refused to appear on a home renovation reality show, was sentenced this week to life in prison. 

David Tronnes initially claimed that his wife, Shanti Cooper-Tronnes, 39, had slipped and fallen in the bathtub of their Orlando home, where she was found covered in blood by police in April 2018. Tronnes was arrested four months later.

“Evidence presented during the trial showed [Cooper-Tronnes] was killed in the bedroom and Tronnes attempted to clean up prior to police arriving on scene,” read an Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office press release issued this week. 

“We all thought we knew David Tronnes,” one of the accused killer’s former friends previously told PEOPLE. “Come to find out, what we knew was a facade. He was living a total lie.”

Christina Coulter is a U.S. and World reporter for Fox News Digital. Email story tips to christina.coulter@fox.com.


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