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Man sentenced in woman’s 2014 killing in Sacramento

Mohammad Khan
Mohammad Khan

The man convicted of killing a midtown woman last summer has been sentenced to 35 years to life in prison in Sacramento Superior Court.

Mohammad Khan, 35, was sentenced Monday after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for shooting Kelsey Snyder in her home in the 1600 block of 17th Street. Snyder’s body was discovered by a friend after she failed to respond to phone calls and text messages.

Snyder’s aunt, Shawna Lanza, told The Sacramento Bee last year that Khan was Snyder’s boyfriend and that she was not aware of any violence in their relationship. Snyder, 31, was separated from her husband, Timothy Snyder, and also used her maiden name, Kelsey Kaiser.

Khan and Snyder had spent a night out with a group of friends at Dive Bar before returning to the victim’s home, prosecutors said. The couple had an argument at the bar, and friends described the mood as “tense,” prosecutors said.

Snyder was found in her bed with multiple gunshot wounds, according to the complaint against Khan.

Khan was believed to have fled to Mexico following the shooting. He turned himself in and was taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents.

Richard Chang: 916-321-1018, @RichardYChang