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Jury finds Snyder guilty of child endangerment for allowing marijuana at party

FARMINGTON — A man was sentenced to a year in the county jail for endangering the welfare of a child.

Earlier this year, a jury found William Snyder not guilty of two counts of statutory sodomy and one count of statutory rape. The jury did, however, find the man, whose last known address is Lebanon, Mo, guilty of endangering the welfare of a child by allowing a child to smoke marijuana.

After hearing evidence and making their decision, jurors recommended the judge sentence him to 12 months in the county jail. Snyder will be credited for the eight months he has already served. He was also fined $5,000.

A 15-year-old girl had told the jury about a party she attended in Snyder’s home when she was 13. She testified children ranging from 8 years old to teenagers were smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol at this party. She said she drank vodka and smoked marijuana. She said Snyder supplied the alcohol but she brought her own marijuana that night.

During the trial, Snyder never denied allowing the girls to do drugs and drink alcohol but he did deny that he was the one who introduced the 15-year-old girl to marijuana.

Had he been convicted of the statutory sodomy and rape charges, he could have been sentenced to life imprisonment. He could have served up to five years for the charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

In another case, Timothy Thorne, 46, of Park Hills was sentenced to a total of 10 years in prison for violating the terms of his probation.

Thorne was on probation for three different cases. He was sentenced to five years for forgery and five years for unlawful use of a weapon. Those sentences will run concurrent to each other.

He was sentenced to another five years for passing bad checks. That sentence will run consecutively to the other sentences.

Thorne is facing charges of 10 counts of first-degree statutory rape and 14 counts of first-degree statutory sodomy.

In another case, Owen Clark, 23, of Park Hills will have an opportunity to get out of serving a 14-year sentence.

On Friday, Judge Pratte revoked the probation Clark had received for possession of a controlled substance and sentenced him to seven years. The judge will reconsider giving him probation after he completes a 120-day shock incarceration program.

Clark also pleaded guilty Friday to one count of possession of chemicals with the intent to create a controlled substance. Clark received five years of supervised probation after the judge suspended the execution of a seven-year-sentence.

However, one of the conditions of his probation is that he successfully complete the shock incarceration program. If he does not complete the program, Clark will be sentenced to seven years in this case, for a total of 14 years.

In another case, Laura Brown, 34, of Park Hills, faces eight years in prison for selling meth.

Judge Pratte sentenced Brown to eight years for two counts of selling meth to an undercover officer. He will reconsider giving her probation after she completes 120 day shock incarceration.

In another case, Jeremy Smith, 25, of Park Hills, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for violating the terms of the probation he received for attempting to manufacture a controlled substance. The judge will reconsider giving Smith another five years of supervised probation after 120 days.

In another case, Tina Manser, 44, of Bonne Terre, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of forgery.

Manser waived her right to a presentence investigation report, which is compiled by the State Board of Probation and Parole. She was sentenced to five years for each count. As part of a plea agreement, a third charge of forgery was dismissed.

In another case, Dwayne McClain, 30, of Armstrong, was sentenced to five years in prison for violating the terms of probation he received for failure to pay child support. The sentence will run concurrent to another sentence he is serving.

In another case, Matthew Riddle, 27, of Mineral Point, was placed on five years of supervised probation for stalking. The judge suspended the imposition of sentence and ordered Riddle not to have contact with the victim.

In another case, Amy Lea Bowen, 24, of Ste. Genevieve, was sentenced to five years after pleading guilty to one count of forgery. The sentence will run concurrent to the one she is already serving. As part of a plea agreement, a second count of forgery was dismissed.

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