An unemployed software programmer who fled to his native India after killing his wife and two children in 2008 has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Lakshminivasa Nerusu appeared Thursday in Oakland County Circuit Court before Judge Nanci Grant.

A jury found Nerusu guilty last month of first-degree murder in the slayings of 37-year-old Jayalakshmi Nerusu 14-year-old daughter Tejasvi and 12-year-old son Siva.

Jayalakshmi Nerusu was stabbed 59 times on Oct. 13, 2008, in the couple's Novi home. The throats of their children were slashed when they arrived home from school. Police found the bodies two weeks later.

The 46-year-old man fled to India the day after the killings but was arrested and extradited in 2013.

Authorities said domestic problems preceded the deaths.