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Murray woman who admitted to 2004 killing sent to prison

SALT LAKE CITY — A Murray woman charged alongside her uncle with killing a man in 2004 was sentenced to prison Tuesday.

Brittany Lin Snyder, 32, was ordered to serve one to 15 years in prison for manslaughter, a second-degree felony, in the death of Michael Lewis, 24.

The woman and her uncle, Clint Veon Snyder, 53, were charged in January with murder, a first-degree felony, in Lewis' death.

Clint Snyder entered an Alford plea in August to a reduced count of manslaughter, while his niece pleaded guilty to the same charge. An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt but acknowledges Snyder would likely be convicted by a jury.

Clint Snyder was released on probation earlier this month. He and his niece had been held on $1 million bail since their arrest in January.

In court filings, Brittany Snyder admitted she lured Lewis to her former home, 5316 S. Hamlin St., on March 6, 2004, and "participated in the events that led to his death."

Clint Snyder said in plea filings that he restrained Lewis to prevent him from defending himself while his niece stabbed the man multiple times in the neck and torso.

Police say Brittany Snyder used pepper spray to incapacitate Lewis before her uncle tackled him. After stabbing the man, Clint Snyder and a third person, identified only as B.D. in charging documents, left Lewis' body in a trash can where it was discovered a day later.