ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court has declined to review the conviction of a White Bear Lake man convicted of murdering his wife in 1999.

The court denied the petition earlier this week by attorneys for 54-year-old Gordon D. Weaver seeking the review.

Last year, Weaver was convicted in a lower court of unintentional second-degree murder and sentenced to 18 years and nine months in prison. Weaver appealed but the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the sentence.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says he is pleased with the ruling and says it should end the long-running case.

Prosecutors claim Weaver’s wife, Jean, hit her head when he shoved her in their home in 1999. Instead of getting help, they say Weaver set the house on fire, hoping to destroy evidence.

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