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Theresa Brady Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder of Husband

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An Albemarle County woman accused of trying to kill her husband by injecting him with insulin while he was asleep pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder in court Tuesday afternoon.  

Theresa Lynn Brady, 33, was in tears as she pleaded guilty to maliciously attempting to murder her husband, James Brady.  The entire hearing only took about 30 minutes.

Both sides entered into a plea agreement Tuesday, dropping the first-degree attempted murder charge against Theresa to a second-degree charge.  Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford said they agreed to the deal because Theresa had no criminal history prior to this incident, and both parties wanted to protect their young children.

Police say it all happened the morning of August 21 at the couple's home in the 300 block of Ellington Bend in Crozet.  

James, an Albemarle Fire & Rescue captain, told officers he woke up to the feeling of a needle prick, and found his wife leaning over him with a flashlight.  Theresa told her husband she was checking to see if his stomach was hard or soft.  After James confronted his wife about her suspicious behavior, he said two syringes fell out of her shorts.

James had recently been hospitalized for an unknown illness after dramatic weight loss and uncontrolled vomiting.  At the time of the incident, Theresa claimed she was giving him something to make him feel better.

Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford told the court that one responding officer reported Theresa said she flipped out and had enough.  She stated she "just wanted him to go away and didn't care if he died." 

Theresa claimed she had been a victim of abuse at the hands of her husband for several years.  She worked in the medical field, and said she stole the insulin from work at Martha Jefferson Hospital.  Theresa did admit to police that she was injecting her husband with insulin and was aware it could kill him.

Theresa can serve a maximum of four years in prison.  Her sentencing is scheduled for June 4 at 2 p.m.

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