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Hemy Neuman found guilty in murder retrial; sentenced to life in prison

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

A retrial in the Hemy Neuman murder trial did not end well for him. A DeKalb County jury found Neuman guilty Tuesday in the murder of his alleged lover's husband.

A judge sentenced Neuman to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the malice murder conviction. 

The jury found Neuman found guilty of malice murder and guilty of a firearm possession during the commission of a felony. Jurors rejected a claim by Neuman's defense attorneys that he was delusional and did not know right from wrong when he shot Rusty Sneiderman to death in 2010 after Sneiderman dropped off his son at a daycare center in Dunwoody.

Last year, the Georgia Supreme Court reversed Neuman's original 'guilty but mentally ill' conviction, citing a violation of attorney-client privilege. 

The jury deliberated for a couple of hours Monday and an hour-and-a-half on Tuesday before reaching the guilty verdicts.

The jurors left the courthouse not wanting to comment on their decision.

Neuman's defense team did speak on their clients behalf.

"He is extremely remorseful for his actions," defense attorney Letitia Delan said. "He has spent the past almost six years thinking about what happened trying to gain insight into what happened with him to cause this to happen."

Delan told CBS46 they are not done fighting on their clients behalf.

"We are of course very disappointed with the jury's verdict and we will begin working on the appeal immediately." 

Dekalb County District Attorney Robert James expects an appeal. But still he is pleased the jury was able to reach this decision today.

"Hemy Nueman got what he deserved today," James said. "What he deserves is to spend the rest of his life in prison without parole and to die in prison."

Closing arguments

Closing arguments began Monday. During closing arguments, Neuman's mental state was a main issue.

DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James used courtroom theatrics in an attempt to show the jury that Neuman was faking mental illness. James jumped on a table and scurried around in the courtroom mocking Neuman.

"I'm caught, and when I'm caught I get crazy, whoo whoo. I see angels! I see demons! I've got five children! I've tried to commit suicide 5, 6 ,7 times. I'm crazy," James mocked.

Neuman accused of killing lover's husband

The shooting took place in 2010 outside a Dunwoody daycare center after Sneiderman dropped off his son. According to testimony, Neuman originally planned to do it at the Sneidermans' home, but Rusty Sneiderman caught a glimpse of him that day, and he had to leave the area quickly.

"Mr. Neuman was laying beside the house waiting for Mrs. Sneiderman to leave with her daughter and waiting on Mr. Sneiderman to leave with his son so he could murder him when Mr. Sneiderman came back from dropping his son off at daycare," testified a psychiatrist for the prosecution who interviewed Sneiderman.

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