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Glendale Man Gets 16 Years for Killing Wife, Microwaving Dog to Death

John Levin, as posted on his Facebook profile in 2009
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John Levin, 47, was found guilty last month of murdering his wife Michelle and microwaving his Pomeranian to death, and yesterday he was sentenced to 16 years in prison, plus parole for life after release, according to the Glendale News-Press.Friends and relatives of Michelle Levin have no love lost for John. "You are evil," said one friend of his late wife's to John Levin in court. Said Michelle Levin's father:

“I am told that it is a sin to not forgive and to harbor vengeance in your heart. If that be true, then I will die a sinful man. I want you to spend a long time in jail.”

Michelle Levin was stabbed fatally in the couple's home in September 2009. Her body, and the dog's, were found three days later, and John Levin was caught attempting to cross the border into Canada.

John Levin, once a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Montrose Search and Rescue Team, claimed he was under the influence of muscle relaxants.

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However, asserted the prosecutor: “He knew exactly what he was doing.”

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