Sally McNeil

Sally McNeil (born 1960) - aka Killer McNeil - is an American former professional bodybuilder who, on March 19, 1996, was convicted of second degree murder in the 1995 Valentine's Day shooting death of her husband and fellow bodybuilder, Ray McNeil. Sally McNeil was sentenced 19 years to life for her conviction.

After numerous appeals on a variety of grounds, including improper jury instructions, McNeil's conviction was initially overturned by the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which resulted in the granting of a writ of habeas corpus. The State of California then appealed to the US Supreme Court which reversed the 9th Circuit's ruling and remanded the case back to that same venue for further action. +more Relying on information and instructions from the SCOTUS opinion, the 9th Circuit reconsidered the matter and on March 29, 2005, issued their opinion ruling in favor of the State and reinstating McNeil's original conviction.

McNeil served in the United States Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, reaching the rank of Sergeant. She won the U. +moreS. Armed Services Physique Championship twice in the late 1980s.

McNeil served her sentence at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla, California. Her parole was granted by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on May 29, 2020.

In October 2022, Netflix released a three-part docuseries, Killer Sally, covering the case and its aftermath. It was directed by Nanette Burstein, whose previous credits include On the Ropes (1999) and Hillary (2020).

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