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Man sentenced for stabbing

by Sheila Gardner

District Judge Dave Gamble sentenced an Indian Hills man Tuesday to a minimum of five years in Nevada State Prison, saying his incarceration can’t compare to the damage from the stabbing wounds inflicted on his victim.

Troy Noe Snyder, 21, pleaded guilty in April to battery with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily harm and assault with a deadly weapon. His victim, Andrew Sullivan, 29, suffered a lacerated colon and a severed temporal artery resulting in nerve damage to his face and a speech impediment.

“It sounds like you can speak all right, Mr. Snyder,” Gamble said at sentencing. “Mr. Sullivan has a hole in his colon, do you? How does it feel when you lay down at night to go to sleep?”

n Apologizes for crime. Snyder told Gamble he was very sorry for what he had done and hoped to be able to apologize to Sullivan. The victim did not attend Tuesday’s sentencing.

“I understand the seriousness of this crime. It was a terrible act,” Snyder said. “Whatever sentence you give me, I will make good out of it. I want to prove to everybody I can do it. I just want to get through this to prove that I am not the violent criminal it sounds like I am. I have a big heart.”

Gamble sentenced Snyder to a maximum of 15 years and a minimum of five years before he is eligible for parole on the battery charge. Snyder faces a maximum of 72 months and minimum of 24 months on the assault charge. Both sentences are to be served concurrently and are concurrent to a charge in Carson City.

“This is a horrible thing to happen to you at such a young age,” Gamble said. “But it is not nearly as horrible as the thing you did to Mr. Sullivan.”

Snyder’s attorney, Terri Steik-Roeser, said the stabbing occurred Feb. 23 after a night of drinking and bickering among Snyder, Sullivan and their friends in an Indian Hills apartment.

“The whole evening, they had been drinking, bickering, fighting, pushing and shoving each other over such things as who was the toughest, who was the punkest – who had done most jail time. At one time, they had a fight over a girl friend’s shoes. It was stupid stuff to fight over,” Roeser said.

She said Snyder took full responsibility for his actions and did not believe Sullivan deserved what happened to him because of the the alcohol consumption or fighting.

“Mr. Snyder intends to take advantage of whatever prison has to offer. He intends to get his diploma or his GED, take computer classes and participate in alcohol and substance abuse programs as well as anger management. He’s trying to make the best of a very terrible situation,” she said.

Gamble urged Snyder to use his time in prison productively.

“You’re 21 years old. The next time you walk out, you will be 26 if you behave. These five years of your life have been taken away because of your action. Based on an average life expectancy, you have thrown 7 percent of your life in the garbage can. This has to be a defining moment for you.”