PASADENA — A 47-year-old Glendale man was sentenced Tuesday to serve 16 years to life in prison for killing his wife and microwaving his Pomeranian to death.
Jurors found John Levin guilty of second-degree murder in June for killing his 35-year-old wife, Michelle Levin, after he pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty for microwaving his dog.
“I am told that it is a sin to not forgive and to harbor vengeance in your heart,” Michelle Levin’s father, Frank Raymie, told Levin in a Pasadena courtroom. “If that be true, then I will die a sinful man. I want you to spend a long time in jail.”
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Janice Croft also sentenced Levin to eight months in prison for the animal cruelty charge, and ordered Levin to be placed on parole for life after serving his prison sentence.
Levin was arrested attempting to cross the Canadian border days after the body of his wife and the dog’s remains were discovered Sept. 11, 2009, in their North Glendale condominium in the 200 block of West Fairview Avenue.