A California Man Wanted to Give His Wife Some Space. So He Took Their Daughters Camping and Wound Up Shot Dead.

malibu sniper sentenced life in prison
Source: California Department of Corrections; Los Angeles County

Anthony Rauda; Tristan Beaudette

Jun. 20 2023, Published 9:11 a.m. ET

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The “Malibu Sniper” was sentenced to life behind bars for fatally shooting a California father who was camping with his two young daughters in 2018.

According to KCAL-TV, a judge sentenced 46-year-old Anthony Rauda to 119 years in prison for killing 35-year-old Tristan Beaudette.

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Rauda was convicted by a jury in May of second-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and five counts of second-degree commercial burglary. Two of the attempted murder charges relate to the shooting taking place near Beaudette’s daughters, but they were not injured by the gunfire.

He was acquitted of other attempted murder charges related to other shootings that took place in the area, officials said. When those shootings occurred, Rauda became known as the “Malibu Sniper.”

On June 22, 2018, Beaudette was shot at Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas. Beaudette reportedly took his daughters camping because he wanted to give his wife some space to study for an upcoming exam, the Los Angeles Times reported.

As investigators looked into Beaudette’s killing, they uncovered several other shootings at or near Malibu Creek State Park between 2016 and 2017, KCAL-TV reported.

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Prosecutors said Rauda terrorized the area starting in November 2016, when he wounded a man who was sleeping in a hammock in the Malibu State Park area. About a week later, Rauda allegedly fired into the sleeping area of a vehicle.

He was also accused of shooting into vehicles on three different occasions in 2017, KCAL-TV reported. No one was injured in those shootings.

Officials said Rauda was on probation when he was arrested for the Beaudette shooting. He had previously been convicted of possessing explosives and a loaded gun.


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