Andrea Sneiderman appeared before the Honorable Judge Gregory Adams, pleading with him to let her go home to see her children. The judge listened intently as Andrea listed the reasons for why she should be shown mercy.
“One of my greatest regrets will always be allowing this predator into my life. Mr. Neuman changed my children’s lives forever by killing their father,” she added. “Please don’t make them live without their mother.”
During her plea to the judge, she denied having an affair with Hemy Neuman. There was “no sex, no kissing, no nothing, other than putting my head on his shoulder to cry…”
Many people believe that Andrea did not get the sentence that she deserved. They wanted more time. Some people have even suggested that she should receive life in prison primarily because they believe that she got away with murder.
Prosecutors requested that Andrea serve 20 years in prison.
Judge Adams sentenced her to a five-year prison term but has given her credit for 11 months time served.
Rusty Sneiderman’s family released a statement:
“The jury has spoken and we respect their answers to the questions presented to them. Following this decision, our family has determined that we have no choice but to continue to litigate the pending civil lawsuits against the defendant to the fullest extent possible under the law. Our family will never recover from losing someone as unique and beloved as Rusty Sneiderman. We will press on, as we have no other choice. We are now left with the hard work of finally grieving his loss and attempting to rebuild our shattered lives.”
Andrea’s defense attorney’s said that they will be appealing on multiple grounds.
A member of her defense team, Doug Chalmers, said that “We are confident and hopeful that Andrea will win. We are also hopeful that in the very near future she will be reunited with her children and will be able to start rebuilding a life that was shattered because Hemy Neuman would not take no for an answer.”
Andrea has hired Atlanta criminal defense attorney, Brian Steele, who is ready to begin working on her appeal.
In a news conference after Andrea was sentenced, District Attorney Robert James said that he believed the system worked.
“She spoke today and she never took responsibility or accountability for (lying to police and a court). It’s difficult for me to feel sympathy when someone asks for mercy but they’re not willing to admit their faults.”
It is unclear where Andrea will serve her time. In the meantime, she will be sent to the state’s Diagnostic and Classification prison until further notice.
Sneiderman’s attorneys believe that she could conceivably appear before a parole board in as little as two months.
Andrea’s attorney, Tom Clegg, believes that “Had there been no public interest, there would’ve been no trial. Why on earth has the criminal justice system been so hell-bent on destroying this woman’s life? I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Later, he said: “I felt like I was kicked in the stomach when I heard the verdict. I still feel that way.”