Former WRC radio sports talk show host Daniel I. Snyder, convicted of running an illegal sports bookmaking operation, was sentenced yesterday to 10 days in jail and placed on probation for three years.
Snyder was convicted in U.S. District Court in Alexandria in March on charges that grew out of an undercover FBI gambling investigation in which he got caught placing bets to agents posing as bookies.
The trial was marked by substantiated testimony that Snyder, 39, of Alexandria, had inside information that referees were taking payoffs to fix professional basketball games.
"This is just around one of a three round championship fight," said Snyder outside the courtroom after he was sentenced. "The government won the first round."
Snyder, the outspoken former host of the program "Who's Gonna Win on Sunday," is appealing his conviction. He said he would take his case all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary.
"I'm not a bookmaker," he maintained yesterday -- a claim his lawyers made throughout his trial.
Judge D. Dortch Warriner, in sentencing Snyder, noted that Snyder was not "a substantial catch," but "nevertheless he did break the law and he must be punished."
"He's his own worst enemy," defense lawyer Joel Finkelstein told the judge, saying that Snyder was a compulsive gambler. "The harm he's done is really the harm he has done to himself, and no one else."
Synder, who has undergone major surgery twice since the trial, said he has reformed and has given up gambling.
"I wouldn't bet a dime," he said. "It doesn't pay."