Convicted murderer Lars Snow set free

May 08, 2018

Lars Snow, a convicted murderer who killed a 65-year-old Vietnam War veteran, was released from prison Tuesday, May 8.

In March, the Beacon wrote that Snow could be eligible for release in the near future.

Snow was convicted of first-degree murder in 1996 and sentenced to more than 28 years in prison, where he served time at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton.

Although he was scheduled to be released in 2023, the state’s Indeterminate Sentence Review Board concluded that Snow rated a low to moderate risk to reoffend and “does not find by a preponderance of the evidence that Mr. Snow is more likely than not to commit any new criminal law violations if released on conditions.”

Snow, who was 16 at the time of the crime, had in his favor a state law, enacted in 2014, that allows offenders who were under the age of 18 when they committed their crime – and were sentenced as adults – to petition the board for consideration of early release after serving no less than 20 years of total confinement.

It was on Dec. 4, 1995, that a group of teenagers lured a 65-year-old man working the night security rounds out of a trailer in a Lynnwood used car lot.

According to prison reports, Snow reportedly knocked on the trailer’s door and falsely told 65-year-old Pedro Sabando that a car had been broken into. When Sabando emerged from the trailer, he was struck in the head with a bottle and kicked in the head.

According to the Edmonds School District, Snow attended Meadowdale High prior to transferring to the district’s former Options Program in September 1995. He dropped out in January 1996.

Snow has said he wants to be released to his family in Pierce County, and would like to work as a tattoo artist. He said he has friends who own shops in Lacey and Silverdale.

 

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