Former OSU Student, Alexander Delap, Entered a Guilty Plea to Involuntary Manslaughter in the Death of John A. Snyder, who was a Student at Columbus State Community College

Posted on 4/19/2016

Defendant: Alexander Delap

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that Alexander Delap has entered a guilty plea to Involuntary Manslaughter in the death of John A. Snyder, age 21. 

A trial started Monday and was abruptly halted when Delap entered a guilty plea to Involuntary Manslaughter.  He was sentenced to ten years with no Judicial Release in an agreement by all parties. 

On March 1, 2015 the victim, John Snyder, stepped in to stop an altercation between Delap and one of his friends. 

Earlier in the evening, Delap’s roommate was injured in an altercation on campus.  Armed with a knife, Delap went looking for the person who hurt his friend.  Delap mistakenly thought Snyder’s friend, Joe Licher, was involved in the earlier incident.  Delap arrived at Licher’s house and got into a fight with Licher.  Snyder stepped in to defuse the situation and Delap slashed Snyder’s neck, causing his death.

Snyder family members told the court of the devastating effect this senseless killing has had upon their lives.

Delap apologized to the Snyder family in a brief statement just before sentencing.