The Tel Aviv District Court convicted Wednesday Holon resident Yoshua Sasson, 51, of the murder of Tal Levinson. The victim was the son of his former partner, Sarah Levinson.
Sasson was sentenced to life and five additional years in prison.
Sasson was also convicted of causing injury to his partner. Tal Levinson was killed one year ago by blows from a hammer.
Judges Shelly Timan, Thiya Shapira and Sarah Brosh wrote, "There is nothing more brutal, horrible or dreadful than this matter in front of us."
Sasson and Sarah Levinson lived together for 14 years and have two children. Tal, 18, was Levinson's son from a prior marriage. Sasson left the house at Levinson's request about one year ago.
A week later, he arrived at the apartment. An argument regarding food in the refrigerator ensued, after which he attacked the youth with a hammer, beating him until he fell, critically injured. Sasson locked Tal in his room and awaited his mother, who came a few minutes later.
According to indictment filed against him, Sasson initially hid the attack from Tal's mother. When she rejected his appeals to move back in, he proceeded to attack her with the same hammer, moderately injuring her.
Tal Levinson was taken to the hospital two hours after he was hurt and died after two days. His organs were donated.
Sasson attempted to leave Israel after the attack but was caught at the Ben-Gurion airport.