Speaking quietly from the witness stand, Andrea Sneiderman tearfully asked the judge for leniency on behalf of her children.
“Sofia and Ian have been punished enough. Please let me go home to my children,” Sneiderman said.
But Sneiderman was unable to avoid time in prison in connection with her husband’s 2010 death. On Aug. 20, DeKalb Superior Court Judge Gregory A. Adams sentenced Sneiderman to serve five years in prison for nine counts, including perjury and false statements.
Sneiderman, who appeared for her sentencing in an orange DeKalb jail jumpsuit, will get credit for the roughly one year she already served in custody and on house arrest leading up to her trial.
On Nov. 18, 2010, her husband, Rusty Sneiderman, was fatally shot in front of a Dunwoody day care center after dropping off one of their children. Hemy Neuman was found guilty of the murder last year and sentenced to life in prison.
Sneiderman also spoke about Neuman, her former boss, and maintained that they never had a physical affair. However, she admitted that she would have acted differently in hindsight.
“One of my greatest regrets will always be allowing this predator into my life,” Sneiderman said.
During Neuman’s trial, both Neuman’s defense team and prosecuting attorneys painted Andrea Sneiderman as a co-conspirator who manipulated Neuman to kill her husband.
Sneiderman said she felt betrayed by the district attorney, whom she said she intended to help by testifying as a witness in Neuman’s trial. “I was shocked when the prosecution began to attack me,” she said.
Steven Sneiderman, Rusty’s brother, spoke on behalf of the Sneiderman family. He urged the judge to remember his brother’s murder when considering the sentence.
“She lied. Just like we always knew it. To everyone. She lied to her family, she lied to friends, she lied to Rusty. Then Rusty was brutally taken from us, and she lied some more,” Steven Sneiderman said.
“These were not little lies. These were covering her role in the death of Rusty Sneiderman, her husband, the father of her children. Her pathetic narcissism would be almost comical if it were not tied to the death of such a special person.”
Several of Andrea Sneiderman’s friends and family members also spoke to the judge on her behalf, many crying as they spoke.
Defense attorney Tom Clegg said Andrea Sneiderman is a good person who should not be held responsible for the actions of her husband’s murderer.
“Why has the criminal justice system been so hell-bent on destroying this woman’s life?” Clegg said. “She has been vilified to an extent in the press such as I have never seen.”