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07/20/2011 05:16 pm ET | Updated Sep 19, 2011

Man Gets 16 Years For Killing Wife, Microwaving Dog

Glendale resident John Levin was sentenced on Tuesday to 16 years to life in prison for stabbing his wife to death and microwaving his Pomeranian, reports the Glendale News-Press.

47-year-old Levin's sentencing brings the two-year-long case to a close. He murdered 35-year-old Michelle Levin on September 8, 2009 in their two-story condo in the 200 block of West Fairview Avenue, reports the LA Times. Officials told the LA Times that the Pomeranian died after it was placed in a microwave that was turned on for an unknown amount of time.

A month ago, Mr. Levin was found guilty of the second-degree murder of Mrs. Levin, according to KTLA. Earlier he had pled guilty to felony animal cruelty, for which he is receiving 8 months in prison, according to the Glendale News-Press.

Mr. Levin, who KTLA tells us once volunteered for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’'s Department-affiliated Montrose Search and Rescue Team, will be paroled for life after his release from prison. He will likely pay $5,136 in restitution for the state's victim compensation program and the funeral costs for his wife.