White supremacist gets 65-year sentence for killing black man

2017-07-21 12:16
An undated photo provided by the Allen County Jail via The Journal-Gazette shows Aaryn Snyder, who was sentenced to 65 years in jail. (Allen County Jail via AP)

An undated photo provided by the Allen County Jail via The Journal-Gazette shows Aaryn Snyder, who was sentenced to 65 years in jail. (Allen County Jail via AP)

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Fort Wayne – A northern Indiana judge has sentenced an avowed white supremacist to 65 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of a man he confessed to committing because the victim was black.

Aaryn W. Snyder of Fort Wayne received the maximum sentence for murder on Thursday for the August 21, 2016, slaying of 22-year-old Samuel Hardrix in Snyder's yard.

The 32-year-old Snyder, who has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), pleaded guilty but mentally ill earlier this month.

While incarcerated last September for failing to register as a sex offender, Snyder told a detective he belonged to a "white organisation" and that he took a pocket knife from Hardrix and stabbed him several times because Hardrix was black.

In court on Thursday, Snyder apologised for the killing and said he was taking drugs at the time.

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