Atlanta (WAOK) – A Dekalb County Judge has sentenced Hemy Neuman to life without parole plus 5 years in the murder of Russell (Rusty) Sneiderman.
Earlier today a jury found Neuman guilty but mentally ill, which means he will receive mental health treatment while in prison.
Hemy Neuman was charged with shooting and killing Russell Sneiderman outside of a Dunwoody Day Care center in November 2010.
He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Neuman’s attorneys say he couldn’t tell the difference between right and wrong when he killed Sneiderman.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys say Neuman was having an affair with Sneiderman’s wife. She has denied the allegations.
Prosecutors contend jealousy drove Neuman to commit the crime, not a “contrived” mental illness.
Neuman has been taken into custody and will begin serving his sentence today.
Following the verdict and sentencing, attorneys for Andrea Sneiderman widow of the victim issued the following statement:
Andrea is grateful for and relieved by the jury’s guilty verdict and the sentence. Nothing can bring back her husband, but it is reassuring to her that, after all of the noise and distractions surrounding this case, some measure of justice has been done for Rusty.
Rusty’s family misses and mourns him every single day. But today, at least, the family can be comforted by the fact that his killer will spend the rest of his days behind bars.
Rusty was an amazing man, and a wonderful husband and father. He is missed every day by so many. The world is worse off without him.
This trial has been extremely difficult for Andrea and her family. They need time to grieve, and time to heal. As such, Andrea has no plans to make any further public statement at this time. We respectfully ask that the public and the media respect this decision in the interest of the entire Sneiderman family.
Andrea Sneiderman has reportedly received 2 million dollars from life insurance policies on her husband.
Dekalb District Attorney Robert James responded to questions on whether Andrea Sneiderman would face charges now that the Neuman trial is over by saying, “It is something we have under review right now. It’s something we’re looking at.”
Here is more about the background of the Neumans and the Sneidermans