An Orangeburg man accused of trying to murder another man pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
Anthony Lamont Snider Jr., 23, of 2450 Columbia Road #D-5, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and battery.
Warrants originally charged him with attempted murder.
On April 4, Circuit Judge Ed Dickson sentenced him under the Youthful Offender Act not to exceed six years in prison, suspended to five years of probation.
Dickson stipulated that Snider’s probation term may end after 30 months, upon the recommendation of the probation office.
He also ordered Snider not to have any contact with the man he shot.
As a result of his guilty plea, prosecutors dropped the charges of possession of a weapon during a violent crime and possession of a stolen vehicle.
At the time of the shooting incident, Snider’s wife told Orangeburg Department of Public Safety officers that her husband was threatened by the man he shot.
Authorities claimed Snider shot a 25-year-old Cameron man who visited a Glenfield Apartment on June 21, 2017.
Snider’s wife told police the Cameron man arrived at the apartment around 5 a.m. to give them a ride to the store.
She told the Cameron man that the store didn’t open until 7 a.m. and suggested that he sleep in a spare bedroom until it was time to go.
Snider and a cousin were sleeping on couches in the den.
The report states that at 6 a.m., Snider’s wife entered the spare bedroom to wake the Cameron man because he needed to go to work.
He said she didn’t need to wake him up because he wasn’t going to work.
Just as she began to leave the bedroom, the Cameron man asked her to remain in the room and close the door because he needed to talk to her about something, the report states.
She complied, and the Cameron man allegedly made an unwanted sexual advance toward her and she kneed him in his private area to get him to stop, the woman said.
She immediately woke her husband, Snider, to tell him what happened, the report states.
She told police the Cameron man showed a handgun and threatened to shoot her husband, the report states.
The Cameron man reportedly told Snider he would shoot him if he went outside.
After the confrontation in the residence, Snider followed the Cameron man outside, according to the report.
Snider’s wife alleged that the Cameron man fired at Snider and then Snider returned fire as the Cameron man fled the scene in his vehicle.
Snider’s wife said her husband didn’t fire at the Cameron man, but fired into the air as if he were just trying to scare him.
Snider also told investigators he didn’t know what he did with the gun, according to the report.
Officers, however, found the gun under a pile of dirty clothes in the closet of one of the apartment’s bedrooms.
ODPS victim’s advocate Karen Sanders told the court during Snider’s bond hearing on June 22, 2017 that the Cameron man suffered five gunshot wounds.