- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles elementary school teacher has been convicted of murder in the stabbing of his estranged wife two years ago.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said Monday that Michael Rodney Kane faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when he’s sentenced April 20. Prosecutors opted not to seek the death penalty.

After deliberating for about 2 ½ hours, a jury found the 48-year-old guilty of first-degree murder, making criminal threats and violating a protective order.

Authorities say he confronted his wife, Michelle Kane, at a home in West Hills in June 2013, chased her outside and stabbed her multiple times. A man who tried to protect her was also stabbed.

Kane, who was a teacher at Nestle Avenue Charter Elementary in Tarzana, has been on unpaid leave from the school district.

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