Dr. Martin MacNeill

Utah doctor gets up to life in wife’s murder


In this Sept. 15, 2014 file photo, Martin MacNeill listens as he is sentenced by Judge Samuel D. McVey in Fourth District Courtin Provo, Utah. The Utah doctor convicted of killing his wife was sentenced to one to 15 years in prison in a separate sexual abuse case. He is facing up to life in prison at a sentencing hearing scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18, 2014. MacNeill was found guilty of giving his wife Michelle drugs prescribed after cosmetic surgery and leaving her to drown in the bathtub of their home in 2007 so he could begin a new life with his mistress. The long-awaiting sentencing comes after a Provo judge denied a request for a new trial. (AP Photo/Deseret News, Tom Smart, Pool, File)

In this Sept. 15, 2014 file photo, Martin MacNeill listens as he is sentenced by Judge Samuel D. McVey in Fourth District Courtin Provo, Utah. The Utah doctor convicted of killing his wife was sentenced to one to 15 years in prison in a separate sexual abuse case. He is facing up to life in prison at a sentencing hearing scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18, 2014. MacNeill was found guilty of giving his wife Michelle drugs prescribed after cosmetic surgery and leaving her to drown in the bathtub of their home in 2007 so he could begin a new life with his mistress. The long-awaiting sentencing comes after a Provo judge denied a request for a new trial. (AP Photo/Deseret News, Tom Smart, Pool, File)

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A Utah doctor convicted of killing his wife in a trial that became a national true-crime cable TV obsession has been sentenced to 17 years to life in prison.

Martin MacNeill was found guilty of giving his wife drugs prescribed after cosmetic surgery and leaving her to drown in the bathtub of their home in 2007 so he could begin a new life with his mistress.

The case against the 58-year-old doctor and lawyer with a picture-perfect family of eight shocked the Mormon community of Pleasant Grove, about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City.

MacNeill was sentenced Friday to up to life in prison on a murder charge and one to 15 years on an obstruction charge. The terms will run consecutively with his sentence in a separate sexual abuse case.

MacNeill has maintained his innocence, and his attorney has said an appeal is likely.

LINDSAY WHITEHURST

Source: AP

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Pandoraspocks says:

Im still amazed that Gypsy Willisthe mistress that stole one of the adopted daughters identity wasnt charged as an accessory to murder in this case. In my opinion she knew full well what her evil fake Doctor and fake attorney boyfriend-apparently his credentials were less than genuine I hope that Micheles beautiful daughters that testified against their father as well as Linda Micheles sister and other family members-especially little Ada that found her Mother in the bath-have a very long and happy life-the way Michele would have wanted. Rest in Peace Michele.

   
lee c fairfax says:

Consecutively. Good. I hope he has to stay in prison while his appeals wend their way ponderously thru the system. makes him at least 80 before release even if there is, ‘good time’ and all.

   

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