WALLA WALLA -- A Washington State Penitentiary correctional officer pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to committing four crimes, including threatening to kill his estranged wife and a man she started dating.
Adam D. Snyder, 23, of 1328 Grant St., is scheduled for trial May 23 in Walla Walla County Superior Court on two counts of harassment and one count each of stalking -- domestic violence, and violation of a protection/no contact order.
The harassment charges accuse Snyder of threatening to kill his wife, Stephanie D. Snyder, and Grant G. Goddard, through various written letters and notes between Oct. 13 and Jan. 24. The Snyders reportedly are in the midst of a divorce proceeding that hasn't yet been finalized.
Adam Snyder also is accused of violating a protection order on multiple occasions by going within 500 feet of Stephanie Snyder's residence and leaving the threatening letters. He also allegedly followed and harassed her repeatedly.
A police report filed in court says Adam Snyder recently submitted to a recorded statement in which he admitted writing the death threats to his wife and Goddard. "Adam said he never had any intentions of acting on the threats, but he wrote them to try to scare her into coming back to him."
However when police served the search warrant at his residence, they allegedly found a list of and receipts for items that could be used to commit a homicide and clean up afterward.
Snyder was arrested and jailed Feb. 20 after police served a search warrant at his home that weekend. He was released with conditions two days later after bond was posted on a bail amount set at $25,000.
Snyder has been employed at the penitentiary since 2007. He has been placed on administrative leave with pay -- in accordance with terms of the union contract representing corrections workers -- pending the outcome of his case.
Terry McConn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8319.