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A doctor who attempted to hire hitmen to kidnap and blackmail his own wife tried to sell his life story, referring to it as “50 Shades of Grey on steroids” and claiming it presented “a lot of potential for financial gain,” it was revealed at his sentencing on Tuesday.
Dr. Ron Ilg, a 57-year-old Spokane neonatologist who pleaded guilty to plots against his wife and a former colleague, was given eight years in prison in a dramatic three-hour hearing that included allegations of non-consensual bondage and a live reading of some of his previously undiscovered letters.
“It was really egregious behavior, it was abhorrent, it was evil,” U.S. District Judge William Fremming Nielsen told Ilg. “The things you were asking unknown people on the dark web to do to people you love was just unbelievable.”
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