A Centerville woman accused of urging her husband to shoot their neighbor over “telepathic rape” has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.
Meloney Selleneit, 55, pleaded guilty — but mentally ill — to criminal solicitation and possession of a weapon by a restricted person, both second-degree felonies, during a pretrial conference last Thursday.
Her husband, 55-year-old Michael Selleneit, shot their neighbor, Tony Pierce, in October 2011 after claiming that Pierce was “telepathically raping” his wife.
In January, Michael Selleneit pleaded guilty and mentally ill to reduced charges of attempted manslaughter and use of a firearm by a restricted person, both second-degree felonies.
According to previous testimony, Michael Selleneit believed Pierce was having sex parties with his wife and was using crack cocaine to control her mind.
Michael Selleneit’s mental state has been repeatedly questioned after the incident but he was seen as competent enough to stand trial after about a year. It’s certainly not just mentally ill people who buy into these fringe beliefs but they do seem to grasp them so tightly, they commit some associated crime. And it makes the news.
Meloney’s sentence will be given on Halloween, October 31st.