Assault, coverup charged in Montrose bar brawl

BY STACI WILSON

A fight in a Susquehanna County bar parking lot on Sept 11 ended with two men in the hospital.

State police lodged charges last week against four people in connection with the assault at Emberz Bar and Restaurant in Bridgewater Township just outside of Montrose.

Daniel Snee, brother of N.Y. Giants’ guard Chris Snee and assistant coach of the Montrose High School football team, faces the most serious charges, including two felony counts of aggravated assault.

Snee, 25, Montrose, was charged by State Trooper John Oliver with two felony counts of aggravated assault. He is also charged with two counts each of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

In a Sept. 22 interview, Snee told police that the men were making comments to his girlfriend and then attempted to tackle him.

Snee said he then pushed the man to the ground and punched him a couple of times.

Police reported one of the men beaten sustained multiple head injuries, including a laceration on the back of his head that required to be stapled back together.

The other man had facial bones surrounding his left eye which were fractured and he also sustained multiple head injuries. The second man denies arguing with anyone prior to the beating and said he never saw who hit him.

According to the police affidavit, Snee’s girlfriend Sarah Conaty told police that she had left the bar with Snee and Dana Thomas Marsh, 23, Montrose, when the fight between the four men broke out in the parking lot.

She told police that Snee had a beer bottle in his hand and struck one of the men with it.

Conaty also said she attempted to break up the fight.

As Conaty left the parking lot with Snee and Marsh, Conaty said the two told her the other men had been yelling, “Hey, baby” and “You’re looking good” at her, prompting the fight.

According to police, Snee, Marsh and Conaty all returned to Snee’s residence to continue drinking. The three were later joined by Jacob Henry and Marie Parkinson, who had called 911 when they discovered the two victims in the parking lot.

Henry and Parkinson were then told it was Snee and Marsh who had beaten the men, according to Conaty’s statement to police.

Conaty told police the five of them agreed to lie if asked about the incident.

She later decided to come forward to the police with a statement of what actually happened.

When interviewed by police, Henry and Parkinson each stated they had no idea who was responsible for the assault.

Marsh has been charged with two counts each of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

Henry, 28, South Montrose, has been charged with providing a false written statement and filing a false report incriminating another, both misdemeanors.

Parkinson, 21, Jackson, also faces a misdemeanor charge for providing a false written statement.

Preliminary hearings for Snee, Marsh, Henry and Parkinson are scheduled to be held Nov. 15 before Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey Hollister.

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  • The real cover up

    The article fails to mention that Sarah Conaty is the sister of District Attorney Jason Legg. I notice there are no charges lodged against her even though it appears that she engaged in a conspiracy to lie to law enforcement. I wonder if District Attorney Legg has recused himself from this case. I can’t imagine that the “star witness” against the four individuals charged will be under direct examination by her own brother when she testifies.

  • Koni Worth

    This was not a bar fight this was an assault with deadly force. The scene looked more like a murder. One of the victims was beaten so badly that he lay unconscious in a pool of blood and vomit. The other victim had so much blood spewing from the laceration to his head that he was almost unrecognizable. He was so dazed that he did not know his own name.
    Marie Parkinson and Jacob Henry assisted the two men until EMTs arrived under the pretense of being concerned citizens.
    Rumors that the one victim had died were very upsetting and when I called the hospital, state police and the District Attorney’s office no one would give me any information. I later learned from the victim himself that the rumor was not true and that they were still shaken but had managed to go to work a few days later.
    This is the most appalling and disturbing event I have ever witnessed.
    I had the privilege of getting to know the two men so brutally attacked and they are good men. They work hard and bring no harm to anyone.
    The reason for this inhuman act will never be fully known. What conspired was a vicious cold blooded attack on two individuals whom did not deserve this. They were ambushed outside by bullies and cowards.
    My hope is that justice prevails and that these individuals whom conspired in such a way as this shall be punished to the full extent of the law.
    Koni Worth Owner EMBERZ Restaurant

  • Sounds fishy

    What did District Attorney Legg know, when did he know it, and what did he do about it?

  • gas guys

    i believe that this whole thing is getting blown out of proportion. i seen these individuals at the bar and they were highly intoxicated. the cut wasnt that bad but when you get cut when your drinking its going to bleed worse then it would if you were sober. the other guy wasnt unconscious he was passed out drunk that why he puked when everyone went out there and thats why he said he wanted to go to bed. all these gas guys do is cause problems and this isnt the hood and there not gang bangers so no they didnt get jumped and i bet they started it. i want to know why emberz isnt facing charges because they served this guys until they were hammered drunk which they had to be to start with them.

    chalk up another problem because of the gas guys.