Albemarle Mom Sentenced to 2 Years for Attempted Murder

June 4, 2013

A Crozet woman convicted of trying to kill her husband in August has been sentenced to two years in jail.

"I spent over a decade in a home that was a war zone," 33-year-old Theresa Brady said before a judge handed down her sentence. "I was tortured, I was tormented. Whatever I did would never be good enough."

Brady pleaded guilty in January to second-degree attempted murder, after she admitted trying to inject her husband with a lethal dose of insulin while he slept.

Brady said she has been "paralyzed by fear," but since her arrest, "I am safe. I have started the recovery process," she said, sobbing.

"I am finally out of the path of a tornado spinning out of control.

Judge Cheryl Higgins sentenced sentenced Brady to two years and 10 months in jail, with credit for the 10 months she's already served. Following her release, she'll be on 10 years of good behavior and 18 months of supervised probation.

"I hope that she'll continue to recover and make a better life for herself than she did when she undertook this action," commonwealth's attorney Denise Lunsford said.

A forensic psychologist testified for the defense before the sentencing, saying that Brady suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after years of emotional abuse from her husband, James.

Dr. Jeffrey Fracher said Brady has been progressing "remarkably well," adding that she's been taking off her medication.

Her probation officer also testified that Brady is not criminally minded.

Brady's family who was in the courtroom would not comment after the sentencing, nor would her attorney, Bonnie Lepold.

James Brady would not comment, but his divorce lawyer said that his client looks forward to dedicating himself to being a single father.

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