ENCINO : Man Gets Life Sentence for Having Wife Slain

An Encino man convicted of having his estranged wife murdered was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without possibility of parole.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge George W. Trammell sentenced Melvin W. Green during a brief hearing in which Green maintained his innocence.

Anita Green, 42, an activist in the Valley Jewish community, was shot to death Oct. 25, 1990, immediately after pulling into the parking lot of her husband's tax preparation service in North Hollywood, where she had gone to pick up her paycheck. Police said she had been followed by a motorcyclist who stopped at the curb, walked up to her as she was getting out of her car and shot her once in the head. The cyclist, who was wearing a visored helmet, then sped off and has never been located by police.

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