An individual who allegedly murders a spouse, in violation of Connecticut General Statutes §53a-54a, can be sentenced to 60 years. Two days before he planned to vacate the marital residence so that he could reside with his girlfriend, the petitioner, Michael Ervin, allegedly strangled his wife. A jury convicted the petitioner of murder, and Judge Elaine Gordon sentenced the petitioner to 60 years in prison. The petitioner's attorney, Bruce McIntyre, argued that his client should have been sentenced to no more than 25 years and that 60 years was disproportionate for an individual with no prior criminal record. The petitioner claimed that he was innocent. The state's attorney, Paul Narducci, argued that the petitioner callously murdered his wife. The Sentence Review Division found that the sentence was not inappropriate or disproportionate, and it affirmed.