Andrea Sneiderman was sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty of committing perjury during the trial for her husband Rusty Sneiderman's shooting death outside their child's elementary school. Sneiderman intends to appeal the verdict, which saw her convicted of nine of the 13 charges levied against her in the DeKalb County court.

Last year, Sneiderman’s boss at GE Energy, Hemy Neuman was found guilty of murdering her husband in November 2010. Neuman was also been found to be mentally ill. While on the stand during the trial, Sneiderman failed to mention her more personal relationship with Neuman. The prosecution alleged that their relationship had been romantic in nature, a claim Sneiderman has repeatedly denied. Her defense team argued that the prosecution should take blame for not pursuing Neuman after Sneiderman mentioned his name in the early stages of the investigation.

Sneiderman had been arrested on Aug. 2, 2012 and served three weeks behind bars, followed by 11-months under house arrest until July 29, 2013 when the murder charges against her were dropped. Sneiderman was found guilty of four counts of perjury, three counts of delivering false statements, hindering the apprehension of a criminal and concealment of material facts. She was found not guilty of three counts of perjury and one count of giving a false statement.

Sneiderman will also face a wrongful death lawsuit by her late husband’s parents and brother. “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,” Rusty Snedierman’s family said in a statement released by their attorney, Esther Panitch.

– Chelsea Regan

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