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Judge Rejects Plea Deal in Emotional Hearing


Franklin Co., VA - Families wanting closure after a fatal accident in Franklin County were unhappy in court Monday.

Marina Snyder is accused of killing her classmate Zach Parsons, 17, in a January car wreck.

She will have to wait more time to find out her punishment after a Franklin County judge threw out a plea deal that would have seen Snyder's case go to the juvenile justice system.

There there was no shortage of tears on either side of the aisle in the courtroom Monday.

Snyder, who has since turned 18, cried throughout the hearing that was expected to bring some closure to both families. That did not happen as Judge Alexander rejected that plea agreement which called for a 10 year suspended sentence with time served through her 21st birthday at a juvenile facility. The judge said he didn't believe Snyder had fully accepted responsibility for the accident and had reservations about putting Snyder into the juvenile system.

"There needs to be an acceptance of responsibility and, in my view, there has been absolutely none and I will not accept this plea agreement. I reject it," said the judge.

The parents of Parsons said they supported the deal because, while it did offer punishment to Snyder, it would also allow her a chance to rebound.

Now we will need to wait for a new judge to see if a new deal will be worked, a new trial set or whether Snyder will keep her guilty plea as is and face that 10 year possibility in an adult prison.

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