Utah doctor gets up to life in wife’s murder
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.
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