Former penitentiary officer sentenced in harassment

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WALLA WALLA -- A former Washington State Penitentiary officer was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to 224 hours of community service for harassing his estranged wife and a man she started dating.

Adam D. Snyder was ordered to serve 364 days in the County Jail, with credit for two days served, 334 days suspended and the rest converted to the community service hours.

In handing down the sentence, Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann went along with a prosecution recommendation.

Lohrmann also placed Snyder on a year of probation and he is not to contact the victims.

His wife, Stephanie D. Snyder, never wants to see him again, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Michelle Mulhern told the judge. "She was terrified of him."

Snyder, 24, of 1328 Grant St., apologized before Lohrmann imposed the sentence and said he takes responsibility for his actions.

He pleaded guilty April 2 to two counts of harassment and one count of violation of a protection/no contact order -- all gross misdemeanors. The prosecution agreed to reduce the harassment charges from felonies in exchange for his guilty pleas.

When he was arrested in February 2011, Snyder was working as a Washington State Penitentiary correctional officer. He then was placed on administrative leave with pay in accordance with terms of a union contract.

He since has resigned.

Officials said Snyder threatened to kill Stephanie Snyder and Grant G. Goddard in various letters and notes between Oct. 13, 2010, and Jan. 24 of last year. The Snyders are in the midst of a divorce proceeding that hasn't yet been finalized.

Adam Snyder also violated a protection order on multiple occasions by going within 500 feet of Stephanie Snyder's residence and leaving the threatening letters, according to officials.

Snyder was arrested and jailed Feb. 20, 2011, 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.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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