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Published: Thursday, July 3 2014 5:00 p.m. MDT

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Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

He got exactly what he deserved.

Balanced
Salt Lake City, UT

This verdict is deeply disturbing to me. He may very well have murdered his wife but that doesn't justify a lynch mob mentality. The alleged acts and evidence to convict him occurred within a month or so after his wife's murder, from his adult daughters that hated him with indescribable passion for what he allegedly did to his wife. There's no other corroborating, supportive evidence for conviction. On the other hand, again, putting aside what he may have done to his wife, there is no evidence whatsoever that Mr. MacNeill had a history of deviant sexual abuse of a family member. Why would he suddenly develop that sickness a month after his wife's murder, and with his own daughter?? Come now! If these women are lying, in order to cover the bases to make sure some type of conviction stands, then they deserve to sit in jail every bit as long as he does if he committed the acts.

Laura Bilington
Maple Valley, WA

He did not "allegedly" abuse the daughter. You use the word "allegedly" when he is charged. Once he is convicted, the quotation marks disappear.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

For the daughters sake, I hope she is not lying about her father, trying to get her personal pound of 'flesh' out of him because of what she believes he did to her father. If so it will not be worth it to her.

Surfs Up
Huntington Beach, CA

He is a sexual predator.. which was probably the beginning of his un doing... and the behavior and the cover up resulted in him murdering his wife.

His daughters are very brave souls. I hope they now can find some peace.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

I think his daughter, whose mother was killed and then molested and kicked out of the family access, can now rest with her siblings. People like the Mr. Brown and this ex-doctor think they can get away with their crimes by abusing their family members, physically, mentally, morally, economically, emotionally, psychologically, and the list goes on. They are manipulative and despots on their own children and others. They think of themselves and how they can skirt around the system and especially their family members.

Gadianton comes in many forms in this world, not just robbers. However, these two men robbed their daughters of more more than can be in this world. Thank goodness for the redemption, atonement and plan of a just and merciful God for all who want to participate completely.

RIP, prison that is, and at our expense.

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: "If these women are lying . . . they deserve to sit in jail every bit as long as he does if he committed the acts."

Well, under the law of our land -- and that of any civilized nation, for that matter -- lying is not considered as egregious an offense as murder or sexual assault. But, it is interesting how some seem compelled to jump to a conclusion -- unhindered, of course, by the slightest bit of evidence -- that only a jury that has been somehow buffaloed would come to a decision to convict a criminal of his offenses.

Even more interesting is how, without a hint of embarrassment, they publicly trumpet such nonsense.

hockeymom
Highland, UT

@ Balanced

Hmmmmm...... Murder + "white lie" (assuming it was a lie) = murderer serves ample time for crime

I'm OK with that!

Seriously, I am glad it turned out in the favor of the girls, whether or not the sex abuse was all that she claimed. This guy has hurt his whole family in one way or another for years and there's potential for continued harm to them as long as he is free. A longer sentence means the risk to the girls is minimized. He needed to be sent away for a very long time and it looks like he will now.

Laura Bilington
Maple Valley, WA

@Balanced writes, "There's no other corroborating, supportive evidence for conviction."

There usually isn't. Did you think the daughters should have had the foresight to have installed a camera in their bedroom so that they would have the molestation on videotape?

"On the other hand, again, putting aside what he may have done to his wife"

Sounds like murdering her is really something trivial, like spitting on the sidewalk.

"there is no evidence whatsoever that Mr. MacNeill had a history of deviant sexual abuse of a family member."

There are countless cases of men who began abusing their daughters / stepdaughters when their wives were hospitalized, died, or left them. And sexual abuse is probably the most underreported crime in Utah--the chance is excellent that there are at least some other victims, frequently going back decades.

I LOVE AUNT MICHELE
Sandy, utah

@ balance or anyone else who questions Martins guilt, you are missing that he admitted what he did. His excuse is he thought she was Michele....His wife who was dead when this happened. They're is NO excuse for his actions. He knows exactly what he did and the verdict was correct. He undeniably sexually assaulted Alexis. And then offered custody of the minor children if she signed something saying he did nothing to her in an effort to cover himself from ever being convicted. She said no and fought for custody and won!

Flashback
Kearns, UT

Mis-remembered. That's a new one. The lawyer ought to give it a rest. I wonder just who is paying for all of MacNeill's defense costs?

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