Judge considers whether to let Andrea Sneiderman go home

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Andrea Sneiderman emotional on stand

DECATUR, Ga. -- Andrea Sneiderman appeared in court Thursday, asking for bond while waiting for the appeal of her conviction.  Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams, who imposed her prison sentence, has yet to say when he'll rule on the request.

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Sneiderman was convicted in August on nine felony charges for perjury and making false statements in the November 2010 shooting death of her husband Rusty. She was sentenced to five years in prison with credit for time spent on house arrest.

She is appealing the conviction. During Thursday's hearing, her attorney, Brian Steel asked that she be released, after only four months in prison, while the appeal works its way through the courts.

More than two dozen people appeared in court today to show their support for Andrea Sneiderman, many of them offering to put their own money up as collateral should she try to run. One has even offered her a part time job. If granted bond, Sneiderman says she'd live with her father and children in Johns Creek until the appeal.

Steel argued Sneiderman did not pose a safety or flight risk and said her main priority was being with her children.  Sneiderman started to cry as he talked about their visits to the prison.

"They get there when the doors open to the prison at 9am and they stay until they are asked to leave at 3 o'clock. They speak on the telephone, Ms. Sneiderman with her children one to two times a day after school, and Ms. Sneiderman reads her daughter books every night," said Steel.

While Sneiderman's defense talked for roughly an hour, the prosecution only took about 15 minutes, arguing Sneiderman has never accepted responsibility for her actions and has more reason now than ever to flee.

"Things she would lose, a right to an appeal, a longer sentence, none of that matters if she isn't apprehended and I'd submit to the court that logic dictates no one who wants to escapes while waiting for trial, no one who escapes on a post appeal bond, anticipates being apprehended," said DeKalb county prosecutor Anna Cross.

Hemy Neuman, Sneiderman's boss, was found guilty in March 2012 of shooting Rusty Sneiderman to death outside a daycare center. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

This week, Rusty Sneiderman's family settled a wrongful death lawsuit against Neuman and Andrea Sneiderman.  The details of that settlement have not been released.

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