A Pascagoula Police officer will soon find out how many years, if
any, he will spend behind bars. A Jackson County jury found Daniel
Snyder guilty Thursday of felony leaving the scene of an accident. Back
in February of last year, the off duty officer struck teenager Kaytlynn
Brann with his truck as she was walking on a road. She later died from
Daniel Snyder stood motionless as the guilty verdict
was read. Behind Snyder were Kaytlynn Brann's mom, dad and other family
members who were overcome with emotion. They say they're relieved the
man who killed their loved one will finally be held responsible for his
"The whole thing was terrible and the whole thing was
avoidable and there is nothing else to say," the victim's father, Keith
"It came out the way I wanted it to: He is guilty,
he is going to jail, and at least there was some justice for my
daughter," Kristen Brann said.
Snyder's Attorney Keith Miller
called no witnesses during his client's three day trial. But during
opening and closing arguments, he defended Snyder's actions saying he
did what he could to help the injured teen before she died.
stopped, he called 911 and he gave all his information. The only thing
he didn't do was stay at the scene the entire amount of time," Miller
Jackson County District Attorney Tony Lawrence
disagreed and argued that Snyder was drinking alcohol before he got
behind the wheel and that is why he fled the scene after the accident.
"I think they [jurors] felt like he violated the law and for that. You should be held accountable like any other citizen."
said while he pleased with the verdict, it's important to remember the
victim. Kaytlynn was lost just few days after her 16th birthday.
had a conversation that this verdict does not bring Kaytlynn back. It
is one of those tragedies that you don't want to live as a parent, but I
am glad the justice system worked," Lawrence said.
plans to appeal the guilty verdict. Snyder faces up to 20 years in
prison and up to a $10,000 fine. He sentencing is set for Friday at
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