An ax wielding Pennsylvania wife convicted of murdering her husband at their Manor Township home will have to stay in prison after losing her appeal.
According to Crime-Online, Pennsylvania ax wielding wife Melanie Sue Snyder was convicted of third-degree murder in the 2017 killing of Tom Snyder at their home in Manor Township in Armstrong County.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied Snyder’s appeal this week, meaning that she will serve her sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison.
According to court documents, Snyder had waited until her husband went to bed before hacking him with an ax.
A Pennsylvania woman who hacked her husband with an ax will spend the next 20 to 40 years in prison, despite her argument that her attack on the victim didn’t cause his death.
The Pennsylvania wife hacked her husband in the head and neck while wielding the ax. The couple’s two teenage children woke up during the attack and attempted to intervene, calling 911.
According to The Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Tom Snyder did not die in the initial attack and was rushed to an area hospital. Her two children also suffered injuries in the struggle.
Ultimately though, Tom Snyder died to complications of pneumonia six months after the attack. Prosecutors said it was directly linked to the attack.
Melanie Snyder had argued that since her husband didn’t die in the immediate aftermath of the ax attack, she should not have been accused of murder.
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Prosecutors pointed to the fact that Melanie Snyder had pleaded guilty to a count of third-degree murder in connection to the 2017 Pennsylvania ax wielding wife murder.
Judge Judith Ference Olson agreed, saying that the suspect’s previous admission of guilt that she attacked her husband contradicted her appeal argument.
At a previous sentencing hearing, Melanie Snyder claimed she attacked her husband after getting mad at him. She had retrieved the ax from a shed the night of the ultimately fatal attack.
According to previous reporting from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Snyder wasn’t found at the scene, but was found soon after wandering a nearby road dazed and in a blood-soaked shirt that read “nope, not today.”
Police said the 17-year-old daughter called 911 telling a dispatcher there was a struggle to get the 18-inch camp ax from the woman before she hit Mr. Snyder with it several times in the head and neck.
According to previous reporting from WTAE in Pittsburgh, the attack took place the night of July 27, 2017.
Tom Snyder ultimately died in a Pennsylvania hospital in January 2018 from his ax wielding wife’s attack. She was officially charged with homicide the day after.
With the state Supreme Court ruling, it appears that there are few options for the woman to be released from prison outside of clemency.
Melanie Snyder is set to serve her sentence for at least the next two decades.
Manor Township police said Melanie Sue Snyder, 41, was calm and emotionless as they found her walking up the street with a blood-stained T-shirt that read, “Nope, not today,” on the night of July 27.