Attempted manslaughter for telepathic rape

More paranormal crime excuses. Amazing, the imagination…

Utah woman in ‘telepathic rape’ case pleads guilty

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.

  5 comments for “Attempted manslaughter for telepathic rape

  1. lawn
    September 25, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Attempted manslaughter? How the heck can there be such a thing as attempted manslaughter?

  2. Chris Howard
    September 25, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    My guess, not mentally fit enough to stand trial for premeditated murder, so they’re charging him with attempted manslaughter, due to mental defect.

    This is why you NEVER take of the tinfoil hat!

  3. Sean A. Elliott
    September 25, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Another mental illness story. I really enjoy this site, but I’m not sure what the point is with all the stories about psychiatric problems. Sure, the features of the story involve outlandish claims, but these are people who are suffering from delusions. To be honest, I am starting to find this to be in poor taste.

  4. eddi
    September 26, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    @lawn Murder is done with premeditation and/or malice, manslaughter is unlawful killing without either. The attempted part means he missed killing someone thankfully.

  5. September 26, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Sean: Comment noted.

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