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.