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.
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