A Richland teen convicted of first degree murder will spend 31 years behind bars.
KENNEWICK, WA-- A Richland teen will spend the next 31 years behind bars for the murder of 17-year-old Joshua Snapp.
A Benton County judge sentenced 19-year-old John Young to 31 years for his first degree murder conviction. He and his friend 20-year-old Joshua Hunt both shot Snapp in the desert near Horn Rapids last July.
Before Young heard his fate, members of the victim's family told Young about the pain he caused them by taking Snapp's life.
Family and friends of Snapp were emotional Friday in court as they faced the man who killed their loved one.
"Look at what you did to him. Look at what you did to yourself and your family and my family. It will never go away. Why can't you shed a tear for anyone but yourself," said Aimee Snapp, the victim's mother.
Snapp's father wanted Young to look at the son taken from him when he held up a picture of Joshua.
"This is my son. This is the boy you took away from me. That's the man right there," said Chris Snapp, the victim's father.
He asked Young to tell the truth and offered him a deal if he would be honest and share what really happened that night.
"If you do that for us I will ask this judge to give you less time, but I have to believe you," Chris Snapp said.
When the judge asked Young if he had anything to say, he said no.
Before the judge sentenced young to 31 years for first degree murder, he said one word comes to mind when he thinks about this case.
"The word that comes to my mind is waste. Absolute waste. Three young people's lives, most importantly Joshua Snapp's, all the potential that he was is gone," said Judge Bruce Spanner.
The prosecution was satisfied Young received a sentence near the maximum and said justice was served. "He had many opportunities to prevent the murder of Josh Snapp, but he chose instead of preventing the murder, he actually helped with it," said Andy Miller, prosecuting attorney.
In February, a jury convicted Joshua Hunt of second degree murder for his part in the killing. Hunt recently filed an appeal.
The Snapp's anticipate Young will file an appeal as well.
For now, the Snapp's say they are relieved these trials are over.
Monday, July 28 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:59:04 GMT
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