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Man sentenced for shooting neighbor he believed telepathically raped wife

Posted at 10:01 PM, May 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-17 00:18:44-04

CENTERVILLE, Utah – A Centerville man who shot his neighbor was sentenced to prison on Thursday.

55-year-old Michael Selleneit shot his neighbor Tony Pierce in October 2011 because he claims he thought Pierce had telepathically raped Selleneit’s wife.

Selleneit took a deal and pleaded guilty but mentally ill to attempted manslaughter and use of a firearm by a restricted person.

He was sentenced to two terms of one-to-15 years in prison to be served consecutively, but could remain at the Utah State Hospital until he no longer needs treatment.

Pierce says he doesn’t think the plea deal is enough of a punishment.

“My daughter at the time was at the house. She witnessed the entire thing. I wish I was a bigger man that I could have her opinion which is he’s a really sick man and she hopes he gets help,” he said.

According to his lawyer, Selleneit is still very concerned about his wife’s well-being.