Decatur man pleads guilty to robbery, firearm charges

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UPDATE - The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that a Decatur man has entered guilty pleas to three charges stemming from an April 2015 armed robbery.

U.S. Attorney James Lewis says Kelton Snyder, 23, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to commit and armed robbery and commission of a robbery in interference with commerce, also known as a Hobbs Act Robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon, and brandishing a firearm while committing a felony. 

Lewis also says Snyder could face up to 37 years in prison when sentenced.  Snyder also faces a charge of conspiracy to commit murder in the April 2015 death of Paige Mars. 

We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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URBANA - The U.S. Attorney's Office of the Central District of Illinois has announced that a Decatur man intends to plead guilty to multiple charges related to an April 2015 robbery.

Public Information Officer Sharon Paul says Kelton Snyder, 23, is scheduled to appear in federal court in Urbana at 2:30 p.m. to give pleas on charges of conspiring to commit and armed robbery and commission of a robbery in interference with commerce, possession of a firearm by a felon, and brandishing a firearm during the robbery in connection with an incident that happened at a Circle K convenience store, according to Snyder's defense attorney.

Paul says Snyder also faces a conspiracy to commit murder charge in connection with the April 2015 death of 19-year-old Paige Mars.  The trial for that charge is scheduled to begin on April 4, 2016.

Authorities say Snyder and another Decatur man, Matthew Higgins-Vogt, 22, allegedly committed the robbery, and that Mars allegedly acted as their driver.  Mars was later found dead on April 5, 2015.  Higgins-Vogt faces murder charges in Mars' death.

We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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