Wife convinced husband to kill man who 'telepathically' raped her

Meloney Selleneit pleaded guilty but mentally ill to charges of attempted criminal solicitation and possession of a dangerous weapon


Standard-Examiner

FARMINGTON, Utah — The Centerville woman accused of convincing her husband to shoot their neighbor for "telepathically raping" her has pleaded guilty.

At a Thursday pretrial conference, Meloney Selleneit pleaded guilty but mentally ill to charges of attempted criminal solicitation and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, according to court documents.

On Oct. 30, 2011, Selleneit's husband, Michael Selleneit, shot neighbor Tony Pierce in the back two times with a handgun.

Meloney Selleneit had convinced her husband that Pierce had telepathically raped her on many occasions, court documents said.

After several evaluations over whether Michael Selleneit was competent enough to stand trial, Judge Thomas Kay ruled he was, according to court documents.

In January, Michael Selleneit pleaded guilty to charges of attempted murder and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person. In May, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison, with his commitment to begin at the Utah State Hospital, according to court documents.

A similar debate over whether Meloney Selleneit should stand trial ended after multiple evaluations, and Judge Kay ruled that she was also competent. She was previously staying at the Utah State Hospital for treatment.

She now awaits a sentencing hearing set for Oct. 31.

According to an arrest warrant, Meloney Selleneit bought the handgun for her husband 11 years ago. The couple kept the gun under a pillow on their bed.

A representative from the Davis County Attorney's Office was not available to comment on the case Monday.

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