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Gypsy Willis sentenced to 3 years of probation

Posted in The MacNeill Story on May 24th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment
Gypsy Willis

That's Michele's Jacket! Unbelievable.

PROVO — A Pleasant Grove woman will spend the next three years on probation for stealing the identity of teenage girl.

Gypsy Willis, 34, was sentenced Tuesday to 36 months of probation for identity fraud and two counts of giving false and inconsistent statements, all second-degree felonies, and filing a wrongful lien, a third-degree felony. Willis pleaded guilty to the charges in March as part of a plea bargain with prosecutors.

In addition to probation, Willis also was sentenced to 180 days in jail, but was given credit for time served and will not actually have to spend additional time incarcerated. The judge also ordered her to pay fines and fees and to participate in a “cognitive restructuring” course. Prosecutor John Neilsen said that the course is designed to help those who commit crimes realize that their actions impact other people.

Yet another condition of Willis’s probation is that she not have any contact with the MacNeill family, which includes the victim as well as Willis’s former boyfriend, Pleasant Grove doctor Martin MacNeill.

According to prosecutors, Willis’s charges were the result of efforts between MacNeill and Willis to alter Willis’s identity. They reportedly tried to steal the identity of MacNeill’s then 16-year-old adopted daughter, Giselle MacNeill, shortly after the death of MacNeill’s wife, Michele, in 2007.

Willis agreed to her sentence when she entered her pleas. On Tuesday her lawyer, John Easton, pointed out that she had no criminal history other than federal charges related to the same incidents, had a low risk for re-offense, and had been compliant with the terms of her parole from federal prison.

But family members of the victim expressed alarm at Willis’s release and sentence. Linda Cluff, Giselle’s guardian, said that Giselle’s credit has been ruined by the identity theft. Cluff said that Giselle now is required to bring documents with her wherever she goes to prove she is not Willis, and has lost an apartment because of the confusion caused by the crime.

“Anywhere she goes she’s affected,” Cluff said. “It’s an ongoing struggle.”

MacNeill’s daughter Alexis Somers went further, saying that Willis’s sentence freed a woman who had colluded with her father to kill her mother.

“We feel a murderer just walked out the doors,” Somers said after Tuesday’s hearing.

Somers and other MacNeill family members have worked for years to prove that their father was behind the death of their mother. Though no murder charges have been brought against MacNeill or Willis, court documents filed last month reveal that investigators believe MacNeill had the motive and ability to kill his wife. Willis and MacNeill reportedly were having an affair before Michele MacNeill’s death, and the documents reveal that Willis expressed a desire to kill her. The documents also indicate that MacNeill may have killed his brother, as well as patients at the state Developmental Center in American Fork, where he was clinical director.

Neilsen said Tuesday that as part of Willis’s plea bargain she could be required to testify against MacNeill, should he ever face charges for the death of his wife.

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Girlfriend of ex-Pleasant Grove doctor sentenced to probation; murder charge still pending

Posted in The MacNeill Story on May 19th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment

By Sara Lenz, Deseret News

PROVO — They sat in opposite corners of the courtroom on Tuesday.

Gypsy Willis, the girlfriend of Martin MacNeill, sat in the back right of Provo’s 4th District court, her red hair pulled back in a bun, a blue blazer on. Alexis Somers, MacNeill’s daughter, and Linda Cluff, MacNeill’s sister-in-law, sat in the front right.

It may have been the last time the three women would be in the same room together in the next three years unless murder charges are filed against MacNeill, a former Pleasant Grove doctor and attorney who investigators say had the “opportunity, the motive, the psychological disposition and the capability of killing his wife,” Michele, in April 2007, according to court documents.

Willis, 34, was sentenced Tuesday to 36 months of probation after pleading guilty in March to helping steal the identity of MacNeill’s adopted daughter, Giselle, in 2007, shortly after his wife died. In exchange for not having to serve any additional jail time, she will also be required to testify in court if murder charges are filed against MacNeill.

Willis already served a 21-month sentence in a Texas federal prison for separate federal charges stemming from the ID theft and will serve her probation term in Utah.

Willis was also ordered to have no contact with MacNeill or his extended family during the time of her probation, not go near the former MacNeill home and to attend a cognitive restructuring course. Prosecutor John Neilsen said the course should help her realize the impact of her decisions on others.

Cluff, who is also Giselle MacNeill’s adopted mother, said Giselle, now 20, has recently had trouble opening a bank account and getting her driver’s permit because of the identity theft. She also was kicked out of her apartment because of Willis’ name being tied to her and Willis’ bad credit.

“The nightmare continues for her,” Cluff said after the sentence hearing on Tuesday. “It’s an ongoing struggle. She is being challenged constantly to prove she is who she is.”

Utah County investigators say MacNeill, a father of eight, had been dating Willis for three years prior to his wife’s death and then brought her to his home as a nanny a couple weeks after.

A few months after the death, Willis and MacNeill stole Giselle’s identity, who was 16 at the time. Investigators say MacNeill sent his adopted daughter back to the Ukraine “and left (her) there to fend for herself” in the summer following his wife’s death. Giselle was planning on visiting her biological sister there for a short time, but federal prosecutors said MacNeill had no plans of having her return.

MacNeill is currently serving time in federal prison for stealing his daughter’s identity and is set to be released in July 2012.

Meanwhile, Utah County investigators should be ready to hand over their homicide investigation of Michele MacNeill within the next month to the Utah County attorney for possible charges, said prosecutor Chad Grunander, who has been assigned to review the case.

Grunander said once he gets the case, one of three things will happen: they could ask investigators to do additional research, deny the case because there is not enough evidence to support a homicide charge, or accept the case and charge MacNeill.

Grunander has another homicide case going to trial in the middle of June, so he said a decision about whether or not to charge MacNeill will probably not be made until at least July.

He said he was not sure if any additional charges will be filed against Willis in connection with Michele MacNeill’s death. Willis’ attorney, John Easton, does not expect any additional charges to be filed against his client.

MacNeill’s family members, though, believe Willis was involved, calling her “calculating.”

“She was involved in my mom’s murder,” Alexis Somers said after the sentencing on Tuesday. “I know she has valuable information. I feel that a murderer just walked out the doors.”


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Girlfriend of Pleasant Grove man being investigated in his wife’s death released from jail

Posted in The MacNeill Story on March 18th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment

By Sara Lenz – Deseret News

PROVO — With disappointment, Alexis Somers and Rachel MacNeill watched as the woman they believe helped kill their mom was ordered to be released from jail during a court hearing Tuesday.

Gypsy Willis pleaded guilty in Provo’s 4th District Court to one count of identity fraud, two counts of false and inconsistent material statements and one count of wrongful lien in connection with helping steal the identity of Giselle MacNeill, the adopted daughter of her boyfriend Martin MacNeill, Somers’ and Rachel MacNeill’s father.

Willis entered into a plea deal Tuesday in which she agreed to plead guilty to all charges and to testify honestly in court if any murder charges are filed against Martin MacNeill in the future. In exchange, the Utah County Attorney’s Office has agreed not to seek additional jail time when she is sentenced at the end of next month.

Her attorney, John Easton, and prosecutor John Nielson said they agreed to recommend that Willis be given three years of probation and a no contact order with Martin MacNeill and his extended family. Many of Martin MacNeill’s children and relatives believe he killed his wife Michele in April 2007.

“We are completely horrified she’s out on the streets now,” Rachel MacNeill said after Willis’ hearing. “I’m very fearful for our family and our sisters. I’m afraid she will hurt and destroy other people as well.”

Willis, 34, just finished her 21-month federal prison sentence for aggravated identity theft this week. And Martin MacNeill, a Pleasant Grove doctor, attorney and father of eight, is currently serving a four-year federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to two counts of aiding and abetting in aggravated identity theft in August 2009. He is set to be released July 8, 2012.

Investigators say Willis and MacNeill’s relationship had been “heating up” prior to his wife’s suspicious death. Just weeks after her death, Willis moved into the MacNeill home as the nanny.

Investigators say MacNeill and Willis then began altering Willis’ identity, obtaining false military IDs, a Utah state ID card, and opening numerous bank accounts under the false name and identity. Jeff Robinson, Utah County investigator, said Willis had bad credit and the two were planning on starting a new life together.

They used the identity of his 16-year-old adopted daughter, Giselle — a daughter investigators say he had “flown to the Ukraine and left there to fend for herself” in the summer following his wife’s death. Giselle, who is from Ukraine, was planning on visiting her sister there for a short time, but federal prosecutors said there was no plan of having her return.

Before Willis signed her plea deal on Tuesday, MacNeill’s attorney, Randy Spencer, looked over it.

Easton said that he doesn’t believe murder charges would be filed against Martin MacNeill. He said he has read Willis’ interrogation with Utah County investigators and believes there are no implications his client was involved in Michele MacNeill’s death.

At one point, Somers said she had heard Willis was planning to move back into home of Somers’ mother and father after she was released, and this thought horrified her. She and her sisters still have things in the home they haven’t been able to get because it is currently in probate.

“My little sister Ada still asks, ‘When can I get my little dolls and my princess bed?’ ” said Somers, who has taken custody of three of her adopted sisters.

But the judge noted that Willis is not to go to the Pleasant Grove home where she lived with MacNeill and his children for several months in 2007.

Easton said he expects Willis will stay with family and friends and then find her own home, although he said he was not sure whether she has to stay in Utah or not, adding that with the no contact order with Martin MacNeill and his family, he sees “positive things in Gypsy’s future.”

“I think everyone should feel some satisfaction out of (the plea deal),” Easton said.

But family members of MacNeill who were in court Tuesday were clearly unhappy that Willis is out of jail. And Somers believes her dad and Willis have been in contact since being sentenced to prison.

Willis’ roommates told investigators Willis had threatened to cut the brake lines of their mom’s car or poison her before her death and even stole a picture of her from the house, according to court documents.

Prosecutors are still investigating Michele MacNeill’s death and have indicated they may file murder charges against him.

“This is not what we wanted,” Rachel MacNeill said of the court proceedings Tuesday. “We wanted Gypsy to stay in jail, and now she’s out and she’s a threat. I just want the world safe from these monsters.”

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Martin MacNeill’s girlfriend may get a plea deal

Posted in The MacNeill Story on March 4th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment

PROVO — A plea deal may be in the works for the girlfriend of former Pleasant Grove doctor and attorney Martin MacNeill, who is accused of killing his wife.

Gypsy Willis, who is being charged with one count of identity fraud, two counts of false and inconsistent material statements and one count of wrongful lien in connection with stealing MacNeill’s adopted daughter’s identity, appeared in Provo’s 4th District Court Tuesday for a waiver hearing.

The hearing was delayed until March 15, but her attorney, John Easton, told the judge he has talked with prosecuting attorneys and Utah County investigators and believes they are close to a resolution.

When asked about the possibility of a plea deal, Martin MacNeill’s family members, who were in court Tuesday, said they just hope it wouldn’t mean Willis is out on the streets soon.

“I feel she needs to stay in jail,” said Alexis Somers, Martin MacNeill’s daughter. “She is a danger. If she’s out, I will constantly be looking over my shoulder.”

Somers and Rachel MacNeill, Martin MacNeill’s oldest daughter, believe Willis was also involved in their mom’s suspicious death in 2007.

MacNeill, 54, and Willis, 34, began dating a few years before his wife’s death, that was first ruled “natural” and later changed to “undetermined” and “suspicious.” Investigators say Willis and MacNeill’s relationship had been “heating up” prior to Michele MacNeill’s death. Willis’ two roommates told investigators Willis even talked to them about poisoning MacNeill’s wife or cutting the brake lines of her car prior to her death.

Willis, who had a big grin on her face as she talked to her attorney in court, is currently finishing out her 21-month sentence for federal charges of aiding and abetting in aggravated identity theft. Her release date is March 12. Her lawyer also filed a motion to address bail at Willis’ next hearing.

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How did Martin get caught with identity theft and thus discovered? The true story and much more.

Posted in By Linda, The MacNeill Story on February 26th, 2011 by admin – 7 Comments

The events that led up to Martin being caught for identity theft creating the foundation for the more horrifying parts to surface, is an interestingly coincidental story.  Basically, one of the MacNeill’s adopted children, Giselle MacNeill, was deported by Martin back to Ukraine after Michele died.  She was under the assumption it was just for a summer visit.  However, Giselle did not return after the summer.  A brief summary of what occurs next are as follows.  When Michele’s sister, Linda and her daughter, Jill discovered this they felt compelled to do something about it.  Jill, Giselle’s cousin, began searching for her and upon reviewing the online obituary for Michele, hoping to find a contact in the Ukraine, she discovered an entry written from a “Yulia” who had posted a comment with her email address on the obituary. Yulia, was the translator from the Ukraine who helped Martin and Michele adopt their children.  Jill emailed her and asked if she might know where Giselle was.  Jill eventually received a response back from Yulia informing Jill that she did know of Giselle’s whereabouts and she soon was able to provide a phone number for Jill. Jill and Giselle eventually spoke.  Giselle was so happy to hear from Jill.  She was crying and could not wait to return to the United Stated.  She told the story of how she was left there and had no money or food.  Travel plans were arranged by our family and Jill flew to the Ukraine.  Jill could not believe the horrible conditions that she was living in and escorted Giselle home to Spanish Fork to live with Linda, Michele’s sister, and her family.  Almost one year later Giselle was finally home in the United States.

Upon Giselle’s return to the United States she was very fearful of Martin.  Michele’s sister Linda feared him as well as she knew there was some premeditated plan for Martin to have abandoned her over there.  On May 22, 2008 Linda went to court and filed and an Ex-Parte Protective Order against Martin.

Linda then had to retain an attorney to obtain guardianship.  This I find odd to have to fight for custody against a father who abandoned his daughter in a foreign country who at their own cost they had to bring back?  They have to hire an attorney at their own cost?  What’s wrong with this!?
August 11, 2008 Martin relinquished his parental rights and Custody and guardianship of Ada, Sabrina, and Elle continued with Alexis and Giselle with Linda.  (Ok, put me through months of court and the expense of attorney fees and then relinquish parental rights–typical Martin).

Linda then began the process to adopt Giselle.  It was during Giselle’s adoption process to Michele’s sister, Linda Cluff, that a curious thing came out of the wood-work.  It was discovered that  Giselle MacNeill’s ‘Date of Birth’ had been changed by 20 years!  The adoption process could not continue, and we learned that Martin MacNeill perpetrated fraud to a court, again.  More events are unfolded and are found in Linda Cluff’s record below.
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Going to the Police:
Within about a week of Michele’s death I went to the police, because I suspected foul play.  This was following my sister’s funeral which Martin’s odd behavior at even greater confirmed what I already knew when I heard of her death that Martin had killed her.  I went with my daughter Jill first to the Utah County Sheriff’s with my suspicions.  We spoke to two officers there whose names I do have, but I will not publish.  I took with me the carefully kept papers from my mother from his 1977 fraud incident in Orange County which contained two psychological evaluations with alarming statements.   I also stated that I felt because he had a medical background he would know just what to do to hide any foul play which was very concerning to me.  They said unfortunately it was out of their jurisdiction so they would be unable to handle it.  They looked in the computer and told me the name Officer with the Pleasant Grove Police Department who was handling it and stated that they would pass the paperwork to that Officer and have him contact me.  I stressed that I wanted to remain confidential and not have my name on any paperwork.
First Meeting with the Pleasant Grove Police Officer:
I met briefly with him.  He informed me that he was investigating Michele’s death; and had received the documents and information from the Utah County Sheriff’s Department.  He told me some other information, but I am at this time electing not to disclose.  I was concerned with what I was told. He stated that he was awaiting autopsy results, and would let me know when he received them.  I stressed to him as well that I wished for my name to be confidential.
Second Meeting with Officer:
The Officer called me in and gave me the autopsy results.  He told me Michele’s death was ruled as natural.  He gave me more detailed information which is on the report, but I am electing to leave that out of this summary.  I informed him that the results didn’t shock me at all.  I was expecting the results to be normal.  Martin would know how to hide any sort of foul play. I absolutely knew the report would not reveal any foul play.  The Officer said he was closing the case which upset me.  All he had done was arrive at the scene, question no one except Martin about what had happened.  He then just waited for the autopsy results and closed the case.  What kind of investigation is that?  Didn’t question the neighbors or Ada even when there was discrepancies as to how she was found and the evidence cleaned up!  He also had me in there asking for an investigation with real concerns.  And what about the papers I had brought in?
Third Meeting with Officer June 21, 2007:
Two family members of Michele’s came with me to speak to the investigating officer with me.  The Officer’s supervisor came in as well.  It seemed before we even got started they had a defensive attitude.  We could sense it as we walked in the room.  We started by stating that we had very strong feelings that Martin had something to do with our sister’s death.  He of course already knew this as I had been in there previously myself stating this, but now there were three of us.  We informed them that we had just found out some new things from our sister’s children and we felt they should be made aware of this information.  (We had now learned that Michele’s children also felt their Dad killed Michele.  Prior to that they had not confided to us even though Alexis thought it all along, because she was afraid and still living with her dad trying to get her sisters that were still at home).  We told the Officer about how just a week or so after Michele was buried  Martin posed a woman named Gypsy as a nanny he had hired.  However, he had been making calls to Gypsy prior to Michele’s death.  We also told him that Michele had confided to Alexis just prior to her death stating to her that if anything happened to her to make sure that Martin had nothing to do with it.  The Officer’s only comment back was that Alexis had just probably said that because she was mad at her dad for having an affair.
The Officer was very defensive the entire time and he said, “Are you trying to tell me that I don’t know how to do my job?'”  We were all very nice to him and said, “No we have just learned new information that we thought you should be aware of.”  We also brought up the fact that if new things are discovered about the case we had heard of cases where after learning of new information they have exhumed bodies for more testing.  He and his supervisor said they had never heard of such a thing.  They made us feel like idiots.
I want to stress they were very rude.  They made us feel like we were wasting their time and putting them out.  They never asked one single question.  They took no notes.  They told us the case was closed that that was that.  When we left the station we kept saying to each other what a strange and awful experience we had felt.  They were not interested in anything we had to say at all and acted in a most unprofessional and insensitive manner.
Errors on the Police Report:
In the Narrative on the Police Report there are many error just showing how sloppy and unprofessional they were.  It states that “Michele” brought in documentation regarding Martin instead of “Linda”.  They mixed me up with my deceased sister.
They state I brought in “military records” when it was “psychology reports.”
They stated that “Linda’s” death was natural instead of “Michele’s.”
They stated that I (Linda) was shocked by the autopsy result and believed that Martin was involved, which is true.  I do believe Martin was involved, but I stated that I was NOT shocked by the autopsy results, and comments actually that it did not surprise me at all because Martin would know how to hide or cover up what he had done.  I was upset due to them stating the case was closed due to the autopsy no matter what other evidence or motive was being presented to them.  I never said Martin paid the Medical Examiner for the autopsy results.  The paper keeps quoting this incorrectly.  Also they put my name everywhere on the police report when I asked them not to.
I got no place with the Pleasant Grove Police Department.  I was told the case was closed and nothing more would be done.  I absolutely would not give up on this and began contacting the Utah County Attorney’s Office first calling, emailing, writing letters and dropping information by to Dave Sturgill.  I even wrote former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and my daughter Jill hand delivered the letter in a packet with other information to the capital to his office informing them it was urgent, and made a couple of follow up calls to his secretary, Gloria.  The Utah County Attorney’s Office finally picked up the case in January 2008, after my persistence.  It was first assigned to Sgt. Toby O’Bryant, but in the beginning of March 2008 he resigned so I received an email from Jeff Robinson on March 13, 2008 explaining that he would be reassigning the case.  At that point nothing had even been done on the case.  I finally heard again from Jeff Robinson on July 14, 2008 stating that he had assigned the case to Doug Witney and that he would be reviewing my case on July 21st or 22nd.  Thus started where we are at now.

May there be justice for Michele.  For Michele’s family it has been over 30 years of struggles as we have seen and experienced things that only we know.  Martin through his lies to distance Michele from her family so in many ways we were robbed of Michele long ago.  He is never changed.  He is deceitful and cunning and always feels he is above the law.  He has deceived my sister as many others.  Martin is calculated, controlling and manipulative.  I know he is responsible for the death of my sister.  I plead for her cause.

Gypsy Jyll Willis

Posted in By Linda, The MacNeill Story on December 3rd, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

Gypsy Willis schemed with Martin MacNeill to steal the identity of one of his adopted daughters.  She was charged with these crimes and is also currently in prison.  On one of the altered documents that she used to obtain the false birth certificate she posed as the adoptive mother.  She has also posed as Martin’s MacNeill’s wife and they used my sister Michele’s funeral date as their actual wedding date.  Can you believe that?  She also had the nerve to use Michele’s birth date on one forged document.  How dare her! Here are the names I have seen her use:

Her real name-Gypsy Jyll Willis

AKA’s-Jillian Giselle MacNeill & Jyll Wilson

If you have any information regarding her in affiliation with Martin MacNeill please contact me.

Fraud Perpetrated by Martin MacNeill

Posted in By Linda, The MacNeill Story on December 3rd, 2010 by admin – 1 Comment

Martin MacNeill changed the date of birth on one of his adopted daughter’s birth certificate immediately following the death of my older sister, Michele “Somers” MacNeill, in 2007. His girlfriend, Gypsy Jyll Willis, used the adopted daughter’s birth certificate and social security number to pull of this premeditated crime of identity theft.  Martin planned this crime using his own adopted daughter as the victim.