A Shawnee man convicted last month of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his stepfather has been formally sentenced to serve 15 years in prison.
Nickey Sneed, 39, appeared before District Judge John Canavan for formal sentencing. The judge concurred with a Pottawatomie County jury’s recommendation of a 15-year sentence.
Sneed was accused of stabbing his stepfather, Ronald Lee Scott, 58, in the face with a knife during an altercation in 2011, with Scott dying from his injuries about a week later.
After hearing evidence in a trial held before Canavan last month, the jury deliberated 45 minutes before returning with a guilty verdict and then suggested a 15-year prison term.
Sneed will remain jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center until he is transferred to the Department of Corrections for placement at a state penitentiary.
During the trial, the defense painted a picture of self-defense, which is something that Sneed's mother, who also was married to the man who died, said she believed.
Sneed, who himself took the witness stand as part of his defense, testified about the altercation between him and his stepfather that day inside their Shawnee home, where he testified that his stepfather had a skillet and he “stuck him in the mouth” with the knife.
"I guess it was quick — he wrestled me to the ground," Sneed testified at trial, adding Ronald Scott took the knife away from him.
Sneed, while confused about some of the events of that day, testified that he loved his stepfather and didn't want to kill him.
Shawnee police began investigating this case when they were called to 221 W. Midland about 5:33 p.m. on Sept. 12, 2011.
As paramedics assisted Ronald Scott, who was suffering a stab wound to his mouth, police found Sneed about one block away, with reports showing he had blood on his head, forearm and hands. Police reports indicated that he was allegedly intoxicated at the time.
Charges in the case alleged Sneed was involved in conduct that created an immediate and extremely high degree of risk of death to another person, although it was done without any premeditated design to effect death.
After the trial, Defense Attorney Carlos Henry, who argued Sneed acted in self-defense, indicated Sneed does plan to file an appeal.