Lawyer and her husband plead guilty to torturing former boss and his wife after she was firedBy Mason White 5:26 PM September 25, 2016
|Alecia and Andrew Schmuhl|
By: Mahesh Sarin
A couple will spend a long time in jail after they conspired to torture her boss for firing her.
Police said that the woman worked at Bean, Kinney & Korman, which is a law firm in Virginia, where the victim is a partner.
After Alecia Schmuhl, 32, of Springfield, was fired, she and her husband decided to take revenge against her former boss, Leo Fisher, and his wife Susan Duncan.
Alecia was on the phone directing her husband as he broke into Fisher’s home.
According to Duncan and Fisher, Andrew Schmuhl rang their doorbell, and when he opened the door, he hit them with Taser darts.
He then used zip-ties to tie them up and he dragged them to their bedroom.
Prosecutors said that Andrew then Tasered, shot and stabbed the couple for three hours before fleeing from the home and leaving them to die.
The couple managed to press their home’s panic button. They were rushed to a hospital. Police did not expect Duncan and Fisher to survive, but surgeons at the Inova Fairfax Hospital saved their lives.
Both Alecia and Andrew were arrested on charges of abduction, aggravated malicious wounding, using a firearm and burglary. At the time of his arrest, Andrew was wearing only an adult diaper.
Andrew told police that he does not remember the incident. His attorneys attempted to build a defense of “involuntary intoxication.”
They claimed that Andrew was taking the painkillers Fentanyl and Dilaudid for a back injury that he sustained while he was serving in the army, as well as Xanax for insomnia and Clomid for low testosterone.
They also claimed that Alecia was the “mastermind of the attack,” and she directed him over the phone.
Alecia reached a plea agreement with prosecutors, and she faces a prison sentence of 10 to 45 years.
Her sentence is far less than that of her husband. He was sentenced to two life terms plus 98 years in prison after a lengthy trial.