Man sentenced to life without parole in Rangely hatchet murder of father

A 31-year-old Rangely man has been sentenced to life without parole for the 2009 hatchet murder of his father.

Jerry D. Snider Jr. also received a 48-year sentence for a related aggravated-robbery conviction.

The sentences were the maximum Snider could have received. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Martin Beeson did not seek the death penalty in the case.

A Glenwood Springs jury convicted Snider in June. It was the second trial in the case. The first trial, early this year in Meeker, resulted in a hung jury.

Snider was accused of striking his father, Jerry Snider Sr., in the head nine times with a hatchet in Rangely, then stealing his wallet, credit cards and truck.

He had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His public defenders argued he was a paranoid schizophrenic who heard imaginary voices before killing his father. But prosecutors said he didn’t meet the definition for being legally insane because his mental condition was the result of voluntary alcohol and substance abuse.

Snider was a two-time convicted felon prior to his father’s murder.


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