Several years of court deliberation and arguments finally came to a point on Monday in Martin MacNeill’s sexual offense trial.
MacNeill, a former doctor who is now a convicted murderer and sex offender, has been sentenced to one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison for sexually abusing his daughter.
MacNeill refused to take the stand Monday and left his attorney alone to defend him. Attorney Randy Spencer said little before Judge Samuel McVey, then returned to the defense table.
Prosecutors wanted the sentencing to be brief, but before McVey issued the sentence, victim Alexis Somers spoke out against her father.
"My father is a monster... please give him the maximum sentence," she said.
MacNeill was convicted last year in the April 2007 murder of his wife, Michele MacNeill. About a month after the murder, on May 23, 2007, MacNeill put his hands down Somers’s pants while she slept in his house. She had been cleaning out her mother’s closet, grew tired and fell asleep. She awoke to find MacNeill sexually violating her.
A jury found MacNeill guilty of one count of forcible sexual abuse in July.
McVey denied probation for MacNeill.
“Probation is for people who are amenable to ... in the case of Mr. MacNeill, sexual offender treatment," said McVey, adding that due to MacNeill’s actions and history, he was not open to receive treatment.
“I am not his only victim,” Somers said, “but I stand today as a voice for those who cannot speak.”
MacNeill’s sentencing for the murder of his wife is scheduled for Friday.
“[I’m] just anxious to move on and focus on Friday, the murder of my mother, that sentencing," Somers said. "It’s been a long time coming. I just hope he spends the rest of his life in prison.”