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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 12:24 pm

Andrea Sneiderman has hired Atlanta criminal defense attorney Brian Steel to work on an appeal of the five-year prison sentence she was handed Aug. 20.

Sneiderman was found guilty Aug. 19 on nine felony counts, including perjury, in connection with the murder of her husband, former Beachwood resident Russell "Rusty" Sneiderman. Her attorneys say she could appear before a parole board in as little as two months.

Sneiderman, 37, was charged with lying under oath, misleading investigators and hindering the apprehension of a criminal in connection with her husband's murder. The judge combined Sneiderman's three perjury charges into one, reducing the total to six felony counts. She was sentenced to five years for each, but her sentences will run concurrently. The judge also granted credit to her for time spent in custody and under house arrest, which adds up to almost a year.

Sneiderman took the stand in court Aug. 20 to claim she did not obstruct the investigation into her husband's murder in any way. Prosecutors alleged that Sneiderman was having a romantic relationship with Hemy Neuman, her former boss at GE Energy, who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder, and that she lied about their relationship. Sneiderman said she had no physical, intimate contact with him other than when she rested her head on his shoulder to cry and once held his hand "to comfort him."

She said her biggest regret was letting Neuman, whom she called a "predator," into her life.

"I never thought Mr. Neuman was capable of murder," she told the DeKalb County courtroom.

Steve Sneiderman, Rusty's brother, appeared in court to make a statement on behalf of his family. He slammed Andrea Sneiderman.

"She's a common criminal. She lied to her family. She lied to her friends. She lied to Rusty," he said. "Without her lies and betrayal, Rusty would still be here with his children. A very special man is gone because of her actions."

Sneiderman has two children, Ian, 5, and Sophia, who turns 8 Aug. 25. Sneiderman begged the court to let her children live with their mother.

"Hemy Neuman has already robbed my children of their father and his love ... Sophia and Ian desperately need me to fill that role for them. They have already suffered so much," Sneiderman said.

Rusty Sneiderman was shot in November 2010 outside Dunwoody Prep day care center in Georgia, where he had just dropped off his then 2-year-old son. A Beachwood High School graduate, he relocated to Georgia about a decade ago.

Neuman was arrested Jan. 4, 2011, in connection with the murder. On March 15, 2012, he was found guilty in the killing but mentally ill.

Andrea Sneiderman was arrested in August 2012 after prosecutors accused her of helping coordinate the killing of her husband and later accused her of lying to police investigating the case and lying under oath during Neuman's trial. She spent most of the year under house arrest.

Murder charges against Sneiderman were dropped July 26 on the eve of jury selection. She had pleaded not guilty to the remaining charges.

kmott@cjn.org

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