“As a victim of sexual abuse, I felt it a duty to come forward and seek justice for these crimes,” Somers said. “Regardless of the outcome, I think I will sleep a little better tonight knowing I’ve done everything in my power to protect my family, protect my little sisters and others from my father, who is a murderer and a sexual predator.” (Alexis Somers)
When Doctor Martin MacNeill gets the next opportunity to impress authorities that he’s not really that bad a guy, the convicted murderer will be four years shy of his 100th birthday.
This, because the Utah State Parole Board recently scheduled the doctor’s parole hearing 38 years from now. MacNeill was sent to state prison last September for First Degree Murder of his wife Michele in 2007. He was also found guilty of Obstruction of Justice.
At the sentencing hearing, 4th District Judge Derek Pullan ordered the convictions to run consecutively, one after another. He also sentenced MacNeill to up to 15 years for sexually assaulting his adult daughter while she slept.
A superior court jury had found the doctor guilty of murder and obstruction of justice in a sensational trial in November, 2013, convinced that he drugged his 50-year-old wife into an unconscious state and then drowned her in a bathtub in their home in Pleasant Grove on April 11, 2007.
At trial, prosecutors argued that MacNeill killed his wife so he could continue his affair with a woman named Gypsy Willis.
In the sexual assault case, MacNeill’s adult daughter, Alexis Somers. testified that five weeks after her mother’s death, she awoke in the family home to realize her father was rubbing her below the waist and licking and kissing her.