An American man was sentenced to death in a Malaysian court on Tuesday for killing his ex-wife so he could be with his new Filipino wife.

Gerald Mickelson and his wife Guilda, who were from Massachusetts in the United States, came to Malaysia where Mickelson’s had a job as an engineering consultant. The couple divorced after 30 years of marriage but still lived together, The New Straits Times reported.

On Nov. 26, 2016, from 5am to 11:45am, Mickelson and his ex-wife argued in a hotel room at Lingkaran Syed Putra because Guilda refused to Mickelson to move to the Philippines to be with his new wife.

Mickelson alleged Guilda started attacking him and he hit her on the head and strangled and killed her in what he described as an act of self-defense. Mickelson then called the hotel receptionist and asked to call the police.

On Tuesday at the High Court, Mickelson was convicted of killing Guilda and was sentenced to death by hanging. The court heard that there was a fracture on the deceased’s head due to blunt force trauma and she died from compression to the neck.

Under Section 302 of the Penal Code of Malaysia, whoever commits murder shall be punished with death or life imprisonment and is also liable to pay a fine.