Man who served time for fatal stabbing charged with probation violation

A New London man who served two years in prison for a fatal stabbing has been charged with violating the terms of his probation following a domestic dispute with his wife.

Kenya Snell, 33, is being held in lieu of $125,000 at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Institution and is due to appear in court Tuesday.

Snell was sentenced to two years in prison for the fatal stabbing of Muhannad Umrani on Dec. 28, 2007, at the Crystal Avenue high-rise in New London. He was initially charged with murder, but the state reduced the charge to second-degree manslaughter and agreed to a two-year prison sentence because Snell claimed he had stabbed Umrani in self defense.

Snell completed his two-year sentence on Dec. 31, 2009, and began serving five years of probation, according to his court file. In December 2011, at the recommendation of the Department of Adult Probation, Judge Patrick J. Clifford denied the early termination of Snell's probation when it came up for an automatic review.

On July 17, 2013, New London police charged Snell with breach of peace, interfering with an emergency call and second-degree unlawful restraint after his wife reported he prevented her from leaving their Farmington Avenue apartment and threw her cell phone out a window because she was planning to call police.

Felicia Snell told the police she and Snell were fighting over a $200 security deposit for an apartment, according to Snell's court file. She said she tried to walk down the hall to her grandmother's apartment to call the police. She said Snell pushed her back in the direction of their apartment, telling her not to leave their children alone. Once she was back inside, he placed a chair in front of the door, blocking her exit, and began smoking a cigarette, she said.

Snell has tested positive for marijuana three times while on probation and undergone drug treatment, according to his court file. He also failed to show up for a probation appointment in April.


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