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Andrea Sneiderman sentenced to 5 years in prison

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Andrea Sneiderman on the stand at sentencing Andrea Sneiderman on the stand at sentencing
DECATUR, GA (CBS46) -

On Tuesday, Judge Gregory A. Adams sentenced Andrea Sneiderman to five years in prison, minus the one year she has already served.

Sneiderman will serve a concurrent sentence after she was found guilty on nine of 13 charges including hindering the apprehension of a criminal, concealment of material facts, perjury and false statement.

A jury found her guilty Monday on several counts of lying to police - and in court - after the murder of her husband.

The court heard from supporters of Andrea Sneiderman as well as Rusty Sneiderman's brother, who called her a liar and wanted the harshest punishment for her.

A tearful Andrea Sneiderman took the stand to beg the court for leniency.

"Sophia and Ian have been punished enough," Sneiderman said referring to her two young children. "Please let me go home to my kids. Mr. Neuman changed my children's lives forever by killing their father. Please don't make them live without their mother."  

The jury found Sneiderman lied to cover up an affair she was having with her boss, Hemy Neuman, the man who is serving a life sentence for the murder.

She has long denied having an affair with Neuman and repeated that assertion again during sentencing.

"I want to be clear there was no physical romance between Mr. Neuman and me," Sneiderman told the court. "No sex, no kissing, nothing other than to put my shoulder on his head to cry and holding his hand on one occasion to comfort him."

Sneiderman, a 37-year-old mother of two, denied any involvement in the 2010 murder of her husband outside a Dunwoody daycare center. In 2012, authorities arrested her and charged her with murder, along with several other counts. But days before the trial, the judge dismissed the murder charge after District Attorney Robert James said he lacked the evidence for a murder conviction.

The jury found Sneiderman not guilty on four counts that related to claims that she knew her husband Rusty had been shot before anyone at the scene told her.

"One of my greatest regrets will always be allowing this predator (Neuman) into my life and not being stronger, for not dispelling his advances sooner," said Sneiderman.

"I want to go back to the life I had with Rusty," said Sneiderman. "This is not a world that I understand anymore."

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