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Andrea Sneiderman guilty of perjury, hindering apprehension of a criminal

Andrea Sneiderman guilty of perjury, hindering apprehension of a criminal
DeKalb Co. Sherriff's Office
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Monday, August 19, 2013 - 1:28pm

ATLANTA (CNN) -- A jury found Andrea Sneiderman, a Georgia widow charged in connection with her husband's 2010 murder, guilty Monday of nine of the 13 counts against her. Jurors had been deliberating the case since Thursday afternoon.

Sneiderman showed no emotion as she listened to the jury forewoman say she'd been found guilty of charges including perjury, making a false statement and hindering the apprehension of criminal. They found her not guilty of four additional counts of perjury and making a false statement.

The judge set Sneiderman's sentencing hearing for 9 a.m. Tuesday. Sneiderman sniffled as she left the courtroom with a deputy and was taken into police custody.

Prosecutors say Sneiderman lied to investigators working on her husband's murder case because of an affair she was having with her former boss, Hemy Neuman. Neuman was found guilty in 2012 of gunning down Sneiderman's husband, Rusty, outside an Atlanta-area day care center.

Sneiderman, who has denied the affair, did not take the stand during her nine-day trial, but she did testify during Neuman's murder trial.

Prosecutor Robert James said Sneiderman not only lied to police but also to jurors during that 2012 testimony. James peppered his closing argument on Thursday with several of the statements the widow made on the stand.

At several points, he even addressed Sneiderman directly, accusing her to her face of dishonesty.

"You're a liar! You are a liar," James said to her as she avoided eye contact. "She's a manipulator, she's a deceiver. If this was in the street, they'd say she's got game."

Sneiderman has maintained her innocence, pleading not guilty to all of the charges against her. Her attorney, Tom Clegg, pointed the finger at investigators during his closing argument, saying they "blew it."

"Hemy Neuman had an obsession with this woman, had an infatuation with this woman," Clegg said. "The only way he had a shot, in his mind, was to kill Rusty Sneiderman. She is a victim, make no mistake."

Sneiderman was originally facing more serious charges, including malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault, related to the death of her husband. Prosecutors dropped those charges the week before jury selection in the trial began.

She still faces a sizable prison sentence for the lesser charges. One conviction of perjury carries a possible sentence of five to 10 years under Georgia law.

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