Man about to be sentenced in attempted kidnapping of Colorado girl asks to withdraw plea


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BRIGHTON, Colorado — A man who pleaded guilty to trying to kidnap an 8-year-old girl from her bedroom in suburban Denver wants to withdraw his plea, saying his lawyers lied to him.

John Snorsky, 27, was expected to be sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday under a deal reached earlier with prosecutors. Instead, he told Judge Thomas Ensor that he wanted to take back his plea and get new lawyers.

"I don't feel I've been represented as I should be. I want to fight," Snorsky told the judge, according to The Denver Post ( ).

Ensor appointed the public defender's office to represent Snorsky and scheduled a hearing in January to consider his request once he has new attorneys. District Attorney Dave Young told the court that if the plea is withdrawn, there won't be any other deals and Snorsky will stand trial.

In September, Snorsky pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and second-degree kidnapping.

Investigators said Snorsky got into the girl's bedroom just after midnight on Oct. 28, 2013, through an unlocked window and pulled her out through the window as she tried to get down the stairs of her bunk bed. He is accused of leaving with the child until her father, who heard her calling for help, chased after Snorsky, who then dropped the girl.

The defendant, a stranger to the girl's family, was on parole for a burglary conviction at the time of the abduction. He was arrested the day after on an unrelated charge and later linked to the kidnapping case. Investigators say Snorsky's DNA was found on the girl's clothing.

"The family came to court today expecting that the defendant would be sentenced for his crimes against their daughter," Young said. "This is extremely frustrating for them."

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