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More than three years after he was arrested for strangling his wife and putting her body in a closet in their Irvine apartment, 42-year-old Shalabh Rastogi was convicted of murder in the case Tuesday.

Shalabh Rastogi is seen in a photo provided by the Orange County District Attorney's Office

Shalabh Rastogi is seen in a photo provided by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office

Rastogi and his wife Jalina George, who had three school-aged children together, had been experiencing marital problems at the time of the attack, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office stated in a news release.

On the night of May 21, 2012, Rastogi strangled George, 40, in a bedroom of their Irvine apartment, then put her body in the closet before calling police later that night, the news release stated.

Rastogi was arrested by Irvine police officers who responded to the scene and investigated the case.

The couple’s three children were not home at the time of the murder, the DA’s office stated.

On Tuesday, more than three years after George’s death, Jurors found Rastogi guilty of one felony count of first degree murder.

He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison at his sentencing, which was scheduled for Jan. 8, 2016.