Theresa Brady tried to kill her husband by secretly injecting him with insulin last summer as he slept next to her in bed. She was in court again Tuesday and now the Albemarle County woman is going to prison for it.
It was an emotional day in court for both sides as the judge sentenced Brady to 10 years in prison with all but two years and 10 months suspended.
Now the ordeal that began last August has come to a close. She pleaded guilty to attempted second degree murder in January, and now Brady will spend the next two years in prison.
"I think the judge thoroughly considered everything as she always does and made a very appropriate determination as to that sentence," said Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford.
The defense brought up alleged marital issues - verbal, physical and sexual abuse - not to excuse Brady's actions that night but to explain them.
A psychologist testified Brady suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder and was unstable when she tried to inject her husband.
Lunsford says a lot can be learned from this case.
"It's very important that people who feel that they're being abused to seek those services and not take matters into their own hands, which is what happened in this case," she said.
Brady read a tearful statement as she addressed the court before sentencing. She told the judge her house felt like a prison for decades and she was terrified and tortured.
The judge said Brady did try to do the right thing by attempting to get a protective order against her husband. But the judge said the most troubling part of the case was the forethought put into the attempted killing: Brady was a nurse and used insulin she got from work and hid it under her pillow.
Theresa Brady's family had no comment on the way out of the courtroom and her attorney didn't say much either. James Brady's attorney, William Scott, did, however, speak on his behalf.
"Mr. Brady is glad it's over, he's going to get back to the business of being a single father, which has been thrust on him on what his wife did to him," Scott said.
Brady has already served 10 months in jail. When she is released she will not be allowed to have any contact with her estranged husband and because of the felony conviction she can't work as a nurse.
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