Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Deadly Delivery: The Donald and Marsha Levine Murders

Judgment Day

U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano sentenced Robert Levine to three concurrent life terms on Oct. 18, 1991 almost two years after the murder of his brother and sister-in-law.

Robert Levine spoke for 30 minutes, denying his guilt and saying, "I'm not a bad man," according to the Chicago Tribune. He also said, "I would never hurt Donald or Marsha. That's not like me, Judge, to hurt people."

A plea for mercy based on his innocence was not something Lozano wanted to hear. When he handed down the sentence, he said, "I have not detected any remorse or any acceptance for responsibility from you," according to the Tribune. Lozano also ordered Levine to pay a $250,000 fine, Mark Levine's hospital bills and $13,800 in funeral expenses.

McKinney was sentenced to 45 years in prison during a separate proceeding.

After the sentencing, Robert Levine ended up serving his sentence at the federal prison in Florence, Colo, deemed the nation's most secure institution, housing the likes of the Aryan Brotherhood leadership, the Unabomber and the Oklahoma City bomber. Robert Levine maintains his innocence.

Unabomber Ted Kaczynski
Unabomber Ted Kaczynski

Levine filed a host of appeals, including new information meant to impeach the credibility of snitch John Rinaldo and arguing procedural error in that the trial prosecutor had not lived in the jurisdiction in which the case was heard. All were denied, most recently on March 8, 2004 with the refusal of the U.S. Supreme Court to grant a hearing

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