Andrea Sneiderman, the widow of Rusty Sneiderman, who was gunned down in November 2010 by Andrea’s former boss Hemy Neuman, was arrested Aug. 2 and charged as an accomplice in her husband’s murder.
Neuman was eventually tried, found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Now Sneiderman could face a similar fate if the case goes to trial.
Sneiderman was arrested at her lake house in Eatonton. Officials from the Putnam County Sherriff’s office and the DeKalb District Attorney’s Office were present to hand down the eight- count indictment and take Sneiderman into custody. According to officials, Sneiderman’s two children were not present when the arrest was made.
“Our collective goal is to continue to seek justice in this case and to preserve the public safety of our community,” DeKalb District Attorney Robert James said. “We will not try this case in the media nor will I discuss the evidence that will be presented at trial.”
Andrea Sneiderman is charged with violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), criminal attempt to commit murder, malice murder, insurance fraud, two counts of making a false statement and two counts of perjury.
James said Sneiderman is currently being held without bond in the DeKalb County Jail. Sneiderman was allegedly having an affair with Neuman. Soon after Neuman’s conviction in March, family members of Rusty Sneiderman filed a civil suit accusing Andrea of playing an instrumental role in her late husband’s death.
“Andrea is covered in Rusty’s blood,” said Steven Sneiderman during a news conference announcing the suit.
At the time of Neuman’s sentencing James told reporters the role Andrea Sneiderman played in her husband’s murder was the “1,000-pound pink gorilla in the corner.”
“We’ve been working on it since the conclusion of the case; you’re really looking at the result of several months of work,” James said of the decision to indict Andrea Sneiderman.
Officials said grand jurors returned their decision in less than two hours. An arraignment has yet to be scheduled for Sneiderman to plead guilty or not guilty. James said if she chooses to plead not guilty, both he and Chief Assistant District Attorney Don Geary will be prepared to try the case in open court.
“We’re going to put our best foot forward and put all of the facts and evidence out there and ultimately it’s up for a jury to make a decision in this case,” James said, of the case going to trial.