|For Immediate Release
August 26, 2011
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
OCDA TO OPPOSE PAROLE OF FEMALE INMATE CONVICTED OF 1987 ROBBERY-MURDER TO STEAL DRUGS AND MONEY FROM TRAFFICKING HOUSE
SANTA ANA – Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) Tony Rackauckas is opposing the parole of a female inmate who was convicted of murdering a man during a robbery of a drug trafficking house. Diana Sue Snyder, 52, is currently being held at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, CA. She was sentenced to 26 years to life in state prison after being convicted by a jury on May 19, 1992, of one felony count of murder with the use of a firearm. Senior Deputy District Attorney Randy Pawloski originally prosecuted this case. Snyder is scheduled for a parole hearing Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. at the prison before the Board of Parole Hearings, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Jim Mendelson will attend the hearing via video conference to oppose Snyder’s parole.
Murder of Marin Morales
Shortly after midnight on Dec. 27, 1987, Snyder and two male co-defendants, Martin Eckert and Jerry Reis, went to a Santa Ana apartment with the intention of committing an armed robbery. The defendants knew that 25-year-old Marin Morales was involved in trafficking drugs from the targeted apartment.
Snyder attempted to enter the apartment, where six men were inside, under the pretense of obtaining drugs in exchange for sex and/or credit. The men refused Snyder entry and drugs. The inmate then forced open the door with her elbow so that her armed co-defendants could enter the apartment and demand drugs and money.
After the defendants entered the home, Morales hit co-defendant Eckert in the head with a liquor bottle. Eckert then murdered Morales by shooting him in the chest. Snyder and her co-defendant then proceeded to steal drugs, money, and a VCR from the apartment and its occupants before fleeing the scene.
Snyder was arrested Jan. 14, 1988, while attempting to solicit prostitution to an undercover Santa Ana Police officer.