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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Former LDS Missionary Sentenced in Beating Death of His Wife

HAYWARD, CALIFORNIA -- Daniel Mackay, 44, was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison more than three months after he was convicted of the April 1998 crime. Prosecutors were disappointed with the sentence, which fell short of the maximum 12 year sentence they asked for.

Mackay was convicted of manslaughter in the death of his wife, who he beat with a baseball bat on April 24, 1998. He then tried to dump her body in a ravine along California's Highway 17, and was spotted by a California

Highway Patrol officer. His defense attorney successfully argued during the trial that the crime was an act of rage over his wife's philandering, leading to the manslaughter conviction instead of a murder conviction.

But prosecutors unsuccessfully argued that the crime was a premeditated attempt to get out of the marriage so that Mackay could pursue a relationship with a woman he met on the Internet.


Man Kills Wife With Bat, Gets 7-Year Sentence
San Francisco Chronicle pgA21 22Jul00 D2


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