LIMA — Less than 24 hours after being denied the opportunity to plead guilty to his crimes, a Lima man got the go-ahead to change his plea on Wednesday.
Hadyn Snyder, 23, had attempted on Tuesday to plead guilty to charges of burglary, a second degree felony; having weapons under disability, a felony of the third degree; and grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. He indicated a desire to plead to the charges and to be sentenced immediately, with a deal reached with prosecutors capping his maximum prison time at four years.
Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Reed declined to accept the plea after Snyder told the judge he could not remember the events that led to his arrest because he was “under the influence at the time.”
Reed said he didn’t want to pressure Snyder into changing his mind, “but it concerns me that you’re pleading to a crime that you don’t know much about. It’s hard to plead guilty to something you don’t remember.”
The judge called for a 24-hour recess in the case to give Snyder more time to consult with his court-appointed attorney, Steve Chamberlain.
Back in court Wednesday, Snyder did enter pleas of guilty to all charges contained in the indictment. No sentencing date was set, pending a victim advocate report detailing restitution owed by Snyder. Reed said he hoped to have a hearing set within a week to 10 days.
According to court documents, the charges stem from a Feb. 28 incident when Snyder arrived at an Ewing Avenue residence in Lima to test-drive an ATV being sold by a Phillip Dotson. Snyder reportedly gave Dotson a loaded .38 caliber revolver as collateral and drove off with the three-wheeler.
After 30 minutes, Dotson realized Snyder was not going to return and called the police. Detectives with the Lima Police Department were familiar with Snyder, who had previously been convicted of having weapons while under disability following a 2009 felony conviction in juvenile court.
The burglary charge allegedly involved students at the University of Northwestern Ohio.