- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Colorado’s Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Rangely man who was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing his father with a hatchet.

The state public defender’s office challenged nearly a dozen of the prosecutors’ arguments and the court’s decisions involving the case of 36-year-old Jerry Snider Jr.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports (https://goo.gl/SYtlDm ) the court’s decision also upholds the sentencing of Snider, who struck Jerry Snider Sr. in the head nine times with a hatchet in Rangely in 2009, then stole his wallet, credit cards and truck before turning himself in.

The appeal questioned whether the jury should have been instructed to consider drugs, alcohol or withdrawal when considering Snider’s ability to form intent; and whether the 48-year sentence for aggravated robbery was “grossly disproportionate.”

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, https://www.gjsentinel.com

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