Grand Jury Indicts Decatur Man for Murder and Robbery

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SPRINGFIELD – A federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment that charges a Decatur man for an April 3 armed robbery and April 5 murder.

23-year-old Kelton Snyder of Decatur is charged with conspiring to commit an armed robbery and commission of a robbery in interference with commerce, known as the Hobbs Act; murder; brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and possession of a firearm by a felon.

This is in relation to the armed robbery of a Circle K convenience store on April 3, 2015. Snyder and his co-conspirator, Matthew Vogt, committed the robbery, while Paige Mars, also of Decatur, served as their driver. The indictment alleges Snyder and Vogt met on or about April 5, 2015 to discuss the possibility that Mars may alert law enforcement about the robbery. It then alleges the conspirators killed Mars on April 5.

The case is being prosecuted in federal court by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Katherine Boyle and Jason Bohm. U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis and Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott announced the federal indictment. Investigations were done by the Decatur Police Department and FBI with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.

Snyder will be arraigned in federal court in Urbana on a date to be determined by the U.S. Clerk of the Court.

If convicted, Snyder could receive the death penalty as it is the maximum statutory penalty for the murder. The minimum he could serve is 10 years for brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a violent crime.

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