COLUMBUS - A former Sidney man convicted in the 1983 murder of a Sidney woman will be released from prison this spring after he was granted parole Thursday morning in Columbus.
Jay Crider, 51, is serving a 25 years to life prison sentence at the Allen County Correctional Institution for the murder of Rebecca Snider. Crider “will be released on or after April 22,” according to Mike Davis, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.
Crider, formerly of Sidney, came to the Sidney Police Department the day of the murder and told officers he had killed a woman. Police found Snider’s body in her apartment.
Snider, 34, left two children — a son, Joe, 13, and a daughter, Angie, 9. Her family has objected to Crider’s release each time he came up for parole, most recently posting an online petition to stop his release.
“We feel it was a great injustice,” Rebecca Snider's daughter, Angie Snider-Cotrell, said Thursday afternoon. “With him being a person without a conscience, I personally think it won’t be long before he does something again.
“I feel we’ve done everything we can do to keep him in prison as long as we could. It’s in God’s hands now. I pray for the community.”
Snider-Cotrell said she made a statement at the hearing, which also was attended by Rebecca Snider's sister, Faye Hall.
During a recent interview, Snider-Cotrell said she keeps a photo of her late mother on a television stand. She and her husband, Sam, have two daughters, ages 4 and 6. She said she tells her children their grandmother is an angel.
Snider-Cotrell's brother, Joe, is married and has one child.
Crider’s sister, Cris Staup, said she was thankful for the parole board’s decision at the hearing, which was the third time her brother had gone before the board.
“It was the answer to our prayers,” Staup said. “We’re very sorry for what happened, and there is nothing we can do to bring her (Snider-Cotrell) mother back, but he’s not the same man he was back then."
Staup said her brother plans to relocate in another state when released from prison and start a new life.
Snider-Cotrell said Crider has petitioned to relocate in Florida, but she noted officials there haven’t approved the relocation.