Suspect enters plea agreements

By The Mercury

Jerred Snyder won’t stand trial after all.

The 30-year-old Manhattan man was scheduled to have a jury hear both his pending cases in October, but he reached plea agreements in the cases last week.

Snyder faced kidnapping and robbery charges in one case and two counts of theft and one count of making false information in another case.

According to the plea agreements, Snyder pleaded no contest to kidnapping and robbing Richard Rothfuss, 69, of Junction City on April 6.

Prosecutors have said in court that Snyder brandished a gun and forced Rothfuss to drive from the ShopQuick on Anderson Avenue to Marlatt Avenue, where he tied up Rothfuss and left with his truck.

Both charges come with possible prison sentences of 55 to 247 months and maximum fines of $300,000.

In his other case, Snyder agreed to plead no contest to making false information.

Prosecutors said Snyder stole and pawned items belonging to Dianna Philippi, 61, of Manhattan. Snyder was a former tenant of a bedroom in Philippi’s home.

For the making false information charge, Snyder faces a possible sentence of seven to 23 months in prison and a maximum fine of $100,000.

Originally, Snyder’s trials were scheduled for late August and early September, but he fired his first attorney, Larry McRell, in July. Snyder told Riley County Judge John Bosch that McRell hadn’t presented him with all the evidence against him so he could make an informed decision about filing a plea.

The trials were pushed back to October after Snyder and his second attorney, Jillian Waesche, asked for more time during a hearing on Aug. 13.

Snyder is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 29.

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