Error leads to sentence change for Florida man

A man was re-sentenced to a lesser prison term this week after the Third District Court of Appeals found part of his original sentence was contrary to law and that he should not have been handed down consecutive sentences.

Steven R. Snyder, 29, of Florida, was sentenced Tuesday to serve an 18-month prison term on a conviction of attempted illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. He previously had been sentenced to a 35-month prison term for the conviction, but a judgment entry wrongly stated it was a 36-month sentence.

Because of the error, the court of appeals remanded Snyder be re-sentenced for the conviction.

Snyder, who pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony charge in 2011, along with charges of pandering obscenity and tampering with evidence, originally had been sentenced to a total prison term of six years and five months.

He had been arrested and indicted on the charges after nude photographs of a 2-year-old girl were found on his cell phone. Snyder had been staying with the girl’s family in Tiffin when the incident happened.

That prison term was later reduced to 52 months after the court of appeals found the trial court failed to apply Ohio House Bill 86 when sentencing Snyder.

In the recent court of appeals decision, the court also found that the trial court erred in ordering Snyder’s sentences for two convictions be served consecutively on the basis that the victim suffered great or unusual harm.

Snyder’s new total prison term, which was handed down by Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley, is 18 months. It includes concurrent prison terms of 17 months, 12 months and 18 months for the three convictions.

Snyder was granted 715 days of credit.