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State v. Snell

Superior Court of Delaware

May 21, 2019

State of Delaware
v.
Steven M. Snell

         BENCH RULING

         This is my decision on Steven M. Snell's Motion to Suppress. Snell is charged with the following offenses:

1) Home Invasion With the Intent to Commit a Violent Crime
2) Three counts of Robbery in the First Degree
3) Two counts of Carjacking in the First Degree
4) Two counts of Kidnapping in the First Degree
5) One count of Assault in the Second Degree 6) Nine counts of Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony
7) One Count of Possession of Burglary Tools

         The alleged victims of Snell's crimes are Stephen Scone and Helen Scone. The Scones are married and in their early 80's.

         BACKGROUND

         1. Snell had picked up theft and theft of a motor vehicle and burglary and other charges on or about July 2, 2018 through July 7, 2018. It appears that he resolved these charges quickly, but was warned by the prosecutor or judge at the time if he returned to court he was facing six years in jail.

         2. Snell was released from prison on or about July 26, 2018.

         3. On July 28, 2018, Snell's grandfather took Snell to the Rehoboth Beach Park & Ride. Snell then went to the Scones' house, which is about one mile away in the Rehoboth Beach Yacht and Country Club. Snell and his grandfather had done some electrical work for the Scones several months earlier. The Scones paid Snell's grandfather in cash. Helen Scone believed that Snell had taken about $ 180 in cash from her purse when he was working at the Scones' house because Snell was working in the area where Helen Scone's purse was located. The logical inference is that Snell knew that the Scones kept cash in their home.

         4. Snell got to the Scones' house sometime around 9:00 a.m. on July 28, 2018. Stephen Scone saw Snell outside. Snell wanted to come in and use the Scone's telephone. Stephen Scone let Snell do that. Stephen Scone heard Snell ...


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