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Trial set in kidnapping, theft case

By Tim Weideman

Jury trials were scheduled on Monday for a Manhattan man facing kidnapping, aggravated robbery and theft charges in one case, and two counts of theft and one count of making false information in another case.

Jerred Snyder, 30, stood before Riley County Judge John Bosch as he entered not guilty pleas to each of the charges in both cases.

Bosch scheduled a two-day trial for the kidnapping, aggravated robbery and theft case for Sept. 2 to 3.

Snyder faces those charges for an April 6 incident during which he allegedly brandished a gun at and forced Richard Rothfuss, 69, of Junction City to drive from the Shop Quik on Anderson Avenue to the 4500 block of Marlatt Avenue.

Prosecutors allege Snyder then left Rothfuss tied up and took off in Rothfuss’ truck.

Snyder is scheduled to stand trial in the other case on Aug. 27.

In that case, Snyder is accused of stealing and later pawning several items owned by Dianna Philippi, 61, of Manhattan.

That same case includes a charge of theft that alleges Snyder stole and pawned a firearm owned by Joseph Cronn, 32, of Manhattan.

If convicted of all charges in the kidnapping and robbery case, Snyder could face 10 to 44 years in prison and fines of up to $700,000.

If convicted in the other case, Snyder could face 12 to 40 months in a state facility and a year in county jail for the firearm theft. He could have to pay up to $202,500 in fines.

Riley County police arrested Snyder on April 6. He is confined in the Riley County Jail on a total bond of $125,000.

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