Ex-military lawyer sentenced for torture of McLean couple

WASHINGTON — A former military attorney who prosecutors said tortured his wife’s former boss and wife in their McLean home will spend the remainder of his life in prison.

A Fairfax County judge sentenced Andrew Schmuhl, 33, to two life sentences plus 98 years on Friday afternoon.

Prosecutors had asked five life sentences.

In June, a jury convicted Schmuhl on seven charges including malicious wounding for the November 2014 attack on Leo Fisher and Sue Duncan.

Prosecutors said that after Schmuhl’s wife Alecia was fired from Fisher’s law firm, the couple hatched a plan of revenge.

Prosecutors said Andrew Schmuhl pretended to be law enforcement and when Fisher opened the door to his home, Schmuhl tied him up and tortured the couple for hours.

Prosecutors said Schmuhl slit Fisher’s throat and stabbed Duncan. Both survived.

Police later arrested Schmuhl, who was wearing only an adult diaper, in a car, where investigators found weapons and bloody clothing.

His defense attorney argued he was high on prescription drugs at the time.

Andrew Schmuhl had served as an Army lawyer. He had also performed consulting work for the same law firm where his wife and Fisher worked.

Alecia Schmuhl’s trial begins in September and is expected to last several weeks.

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