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Ex-Playboy playmate pleads no contest to attempted manslaughter

September 7, 2011 | 11:07 am

Angela Dorian's 1968 Playboy cover A former Playboy playmate of the year was sentenced to nine years in state prison after pleading no contest to attempted voluntary manslaughter in the 2010 shooting of her husband, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Victoria Rathgeb, 66, also admitted she personally used a gun and caused great bodily injury to her husband, Bruce, who was shot in the back. He has since recovered and was present for the sentencing but did not make a statement.

Both Rathgeb, Playboy playmate of the year in 1968, and her husband were under the influence of methamphetamine and alcohol when the shooting took place at the West Hollywood apartment they shared.

In exchange for her plea, the judge dismissed one count of attempted murder against her.

Rathgeb was immediately sentenced by Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson to prison and ordered to pay $70,000 to the state victim restitution fund.


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Photo: Angela Dorian's 1968 Playboy cover. Credit: Playboy Magazine / KTLA