Where is Sally McNeil Now? Is she still jail? Husband and Case Explained

Sally Mcneil is a 90s bodybuilder and former marine corps Sargent who spent 19 years in prison after she was convicted of the second-degree murder of her then-husband Ray McNeil.

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Is Sally McNeil Still in Prison?

Sally McNeil originally gained notoriety in the middle of the 1990s after she shot her bodybuilder husband Ray McNeil, who was eventually transported to the hospital but passed away as a result. McNeil was found guilty of second-degree murder in March 1996 and given a 19-year to life sentence. But is no longer incarcerated.

In May 2020, she was granted parole after serving her sentence in the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, California. She’d been there 25 years by that point. She relocated to the Veterans Transitional Center in California immediately after leaving prison. Right now, she and her husband are enjoying their new home.

Sally McNeil’s Trial Timeline explored

Sally McNeil killed her husband on Valentine’s Day 1995 by shooting him, as she describes doing so in self-defense. On March 19, 1996, she was found guilty of second-degree murder and given a 19-year sentence to life in prison. A writ of habeas corpus was granted when McNeil’s conviction was initially reversed by the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Between that time and then, she filed multiple appeals on a number of grounds, including faulty jury instructions. The 9th Circuit reexamined the situation based on the information and guidelines in the SCOTUS opinion, and on March 29, 2005, they released their opinion, siding with the State and upholding McNeil’s initial conviction.

In May 2020, she was granted parole after serving her sentence in the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, California.

The family and early days of Sally McNeil

Sally Mcneilw was born in 1960. She is currently 62 years old. She was a professional bodybuilder before going to prison in 1996.

A look at Sally McNeil’s career before and after prison

She competed in bodybuilding professionally and served in the US Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, rising to the rank of Sergeant. In the late 1980s, she twice won the U.S. Armed Services Physique Championship.

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Killer Sally, a three-part Netflix documentary series, was released in October 2022 and covers the case and its aftermath, making her name known once more after decades.

Sally McNeil Educational Journey

She continued her education at East Stroudsburg State College, which is now the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. While still in high school, she developed her athletic abilities by honing her swimming, diving, and running techniques.

Sally McNeil Husband and Kids

Sally MacNeil has been twice in her life. She was first married to Ray Mcneil who was also a bodybuilder and she shared two children with him. They are Shantina and John. she meets her first husband Ray Mcneil during her participation in a bodybuilding competition where she fell in love with him at first sight.

Sally McNeil Family

Likewise, she is currently living with her second husband Stewart as they both live peacefully in the veteran Transitional center in California.

Killer Sally on Netflix

Netflix recently released a limited three-episode series revolving around the shocking Valentine’s day murder of Sally Mcneil’s Husband following sally’s testimony, trial, and jury rendering verdict which Netflix has presented under its true crime documentaries. The series includes three-quarter hours long episodes where the first episode explores how sally and ray McNeil meet and fall in love Via a shared interest in bodybuilding.

But how their seemingly happy marriage makes a life of violence and abuse. Likewise,  the second episode covers the death of her husband where she explained what led up to that situation and what effect it left on her and especially on her two children that she shared with ray Mcneil.

The episode further explores the lurid details of their volatile marriage emerge and sally’s claims of self-defense and how her self defense meet new scrutiny and in the last and final episode of the limited series it basically shows how people have made their decision and how everyone had their perception about the case and how the people, media and entire world were judging her character and how she the opposition lawyer tried to show her as a bully which follows up with her testimony and the jury rendezvous verdict which resulted in her to be sentenced 19 years to life for her conviction.