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DECATUR, Ga. — A man convicted of killing another man outside a suburban Atlanta preschool was sentenced Tuesday at retrial to life in prison without parole.

Hemy Neuman was convicted of malice murder and possession of a firearm while committing a felony for killing Russell "Rusty" Sneiderman, Marcus Garner of the DeKalb County Prosecutor's Office said.

Neuman also was sentenced five years, to run consecutively with his life sentence, on the gun charge.

Before sentencing, Sneiderman's brother Steven urged the judge to give Neuman life in prison, saying that Neuman had given his family a similar fate: life without their loved one.

Neuman, who had worked with Andrea Sneiderman, donned a fake beard as a disguise and opened fire moments after Russell Sneiderman dropped off his 3-year-old son at Dunwoody Prep daycare in November 2010, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors suggested during Neuman's first trial that the victim's wife, Andrea Sneiderman, was having an affair with Neuman and was a co-conspirator, but they said Neuman was ultimately driven to kill Rusty Sneiderman because Neuman wanted Sneiderman's wife and his money. Neuman's defense attorneys said their client was mentally ill and that Andrea Sneiderman manipulated him into killing her husband.

Andrea Sneiderman has repeatedly denied that she and Neuman were having an affair and other claims. Another jury later convicted Sneiderman of perjury and she spent time in prison before being released.

Neuman was previously found guilty but mentally ill in Rusty Sneiderman's death, but the Georgia Supreme Court reversed that conviction, citing a violation of attorney-client privilege.

Sneiderman did not speak before sentencing and no one spoke on his behalf.

Defense attorney Letitia Delan told the court that Neuman was sorry for his actions.

 

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