Parents face charges after deadly shooting

Amber South
Chambersburg Public Opinion
Mark Snyder & Stacey Wright-Snyder

The parents of the 13-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting his little brother in their Waynesboro home earlier this month knew the teen would handle guns and even point them at his siblings, their children told Pennsylvania State Police. 

Those details were revealed in the affidavits of probable cause supporting the charges filed against the parents, Mark Wayne Snyder and Stacey Renee Wright-Snyder. 

They have each been charged with two felony counts of child endangerment. They have been in Franklin County Jail since Friday, 34-year-old Snyder on $100,000 bail and 33-year-old Wright-Snyder on $75,000 bail. 

Nine days earlier, their son, Brayden Leroy Wright, pulled a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun from a console in the couch, put it against the head of his 9-year-old brother, and pulled the trigger during a game of "cops and robbers," according to court documents. The boy was pronounced dead at Waynesboro Hospital. 

The young defendant told police he knew his father kept two loaded handguns in the couch as a home protection measure. Snyder confirmed this. 

In interviews with police, the three minor siblings of the victim and suspect said Wright handled handguns in the home and would point the guns at them. The children said their parents knew about this. One of the children said it had just happened the night leading up to the incident. Police determined Snyder and Wright-Snyder were both home at the time.

Police also stated in the affidavit that due to the living conditions in the family's home, the Borough of Waynesboro condemned the house. 

Wright is charged as an adult with criminal homicide and aggravated assault. He is currently awaiting trial in a juvenile detention facility per an agreement among the Franklin County district attorney, police and the defense, PennLive reported. He was denied bail. 

A petition at change.org seeks to have Wright's case moved to juvenile court. 

A GoFundMe campaign created to cover the costs of the victim's funeral and related expenses, and to contribute to the costs of legal representation for Wright, has raised $11,500 of its $15,000 goal as of Monday afternoon.