Repeat violent offender charged with assaulting mom’s boyfriend

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By Brandi Makuski

A Stevens Point man could spend more than a decade behind bars if convicted on the top counts of multiple domestic abuse-related offenses.

Sebastian J. Snyder, 25, was arrested at his family’s home in September 2016 after Stevens Point police were called to a disturbance on the 400 block of Wadleigh St. shortly before 1 a.m.

When police arrived, a male victim, reportedly the boyfriend of Snyder’s mother, said that Synder kicked in a back door of the home at about 12:30 a.m. and attacked him.

According to the complaint, the man was awakened by the sound of Snyder banging on the windows of the house, attempting to obtain entry to the home. The man told Snyder to use his key, then went back to bed. Several moments later, the complaint said, Snyder began to bang on the back door of the home.

When the man answered the door, Snyder kicked it open and “immediately began punching and elbowing [the victim] in his face.”

After the victim fell to the ground, Snyder continued to strike, then choke the man using his forearms, according to the complaint. The man said he pretended to lose consciousness in an attempt to stop the attack, but Snyder only stopped after being pulled off the man by a woman in the home.

Synder then went to his bedroom to pack a few items and left the home, at which point the man called the police.

The victim told police he had “swallowed a great deal of blood” during the attack, and had to stop talking with police twice because he became physically ill. The man was later treated for a broken nose and other facial injuries.

Snyder had been violent with his mother in the past, the man told police, but it was the first physical altercation he’d had with Snyder.

Charges against Snyder include substantial battery, domestic abuse, strangulation/suffocation, and disorderly conduct. He is being charged as a repeat offender and could have additional time added to any prison sentence he receives if convicted.

Snyder also has an open case for domestic abuse in Fond du Lac County and was previously convicted on separate counts of felony battery in both Fond du Lac and Portage counties.

Snyder pleaded not guilty in February. A jury trial is scheduled to begin July 25.