Ex-Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Brutal Attack of McLean Couple

FAIRFAX, Va. — A former lawyer has pleaded guilty after investigators said she orchestrated an interrogation over the phone while her husband tortured a McLean lawyer and his wife inside their home.

Thirty-two-year-old Alecia Schmuhl pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated malicious wounding, abduction and other charges for the attack on Leo Fisher and Sue Duncan. Prosecutors said it was an act of revenge against Fisher, who had fired Schmuhl from his law firm.

Authorities said Schmuhl’s husband, Andrew Schmuhl broke into the couple’s home in 2014, where he stabbed Duncan, shot Fisher with a stun gun and slit his throat after hours of interrogation. Both survived.

Investigators said Alecia Schmuhl was outside the home during the attack, communicating by phone with her husband, who’s serving life in prison in the case.

She faces 10 to 45 years in prison when sentenced in January.

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