Martin MacNeill to be sentenced for his wife's murder on Sept. 19th

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Seven years after murdering his wife, former Utah doctor Martin MacNeill will finally be sentenced to prison.


Martin MacNeill was found guilty last year of killing his wife Michele MacNeill back in 2007 and of obstruction of justice.


Tuesday MacNeill’s attorney Randy Spencer told the court his client wouldn’t be speaking at the sentencing hearing nor would he be cooperating with Adult Probation and Parole agents who prepare the pre-sentencing report.


When the prosecution asked for a two hour sentencing hearing, Spencer argued “We don’t need a big production for sentencing.”


Utah County Attorney Chad Grunander said the time isn’t for MacNeill, it’s for his victims.


“Alexis Somers, Rachel MacNeill and Linda Cluff have a right to be heard,” said Grunander. "It's an important part of the process, by no means is it a production. To call it a production really minimizes victim's rights and the importance of the sentencing hearing."


The sentencing will take place at 8:30 a.m. on September 19th.


MacNeill faces 15 years to life in prison for the murder conviction, and one to 15 years for the obstruction of justice charge. The judge can rule to make those sentences run consecutively or concurrently.


There isn't expected to be any more delays in this case, but the fact that MacNeill isn't speaking at the hearing or cooperating in any way could indicate that his attorneys plan on appealing after sentencing to the Utah Court of Appeals or the Utah Supreme Court.

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