LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors have recommended a county jail sentence for a neurosurgeon who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the drug overdose death of his addict-wife, according to court documents.
"County jail time as a condition of probation is required for (Dr.) Stephen Levine to impress upon him the fact that such calculated and premeditated actions (by a physician) . . . will not be tolerated by our society," Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert Dawson said in a pre-sentencing report filed recently with Superior Court Judge Robert Fainer.
Levine, 42, was initially charged with murder in the May, 1984, death of his wife, Myrna Levine, 32. She died in the couple's Tarzana home from an overdose of Demerol, a pain-killing narcotic.
But the physician was allowed to plead guilty last month to a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter and five charges of illegally prescribing drugs. In a plea bargain, he was guaranteed that he will not be sentenced to state prison.