IDAHO MAN RECEIVES 28 YEAR SENTENCE FOR BEATING GAY MAN TO DEATH

23-year-old Kelly Schneider appeared in federal court for sentencing Wednesday on a hate crime charge for his leading role in the murder of Steven Nelson, whom he beat severely and left for dead after luring him to an isolated area near Lake Lowell in April 2016.

The 28-year sentence, handed down by Chief U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill on Wednesday, will run concurrently with Schneider’s April 9 state sentence of 28 years.

He pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree murder Feb. 13 as part of a deal with the Canyon County Prosecutor’s office to dismiss accompanying charges of felony robbery, felony conspiracy to commit robbery and felony grand theft.

But he was also indicted by a federal grand jury Jan. 10 for violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, created in 2010 to help prosecute crimes motivated by race, nationality, religion and in Schneider’s case, sexual orientation.

He pleaded guilty to the federal hate crime Feb. 7.

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