Martin MacNeill won’t get a parole hearing until 2052

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Martin MacNeill enters the courtroom before his sentencing Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Provo, Utah. MacNeill, 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. 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. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah County doctor convicted of killing his wife will not get his first parole hearing for decades.

In response to an inquiry from FOX 13, the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole said Dr. Martin MacNeill’s first parole hearing has been scheduled for August 2052. The decision to schedule his parole hearing out so long effectively amounts to a life sentence for MacNeill; he is 59 now and would be 96 at the time of his first appearance before the parole board.

MacNeill was sentenced to serve up to life in prison for the 2007 murder of his wife, Michele. Prosecutors said he drugged and drowned her so he could carry on an affair with another woman.