Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Syracuse Teenager Sentenced: 10 Years to Life in Prison for Sniper Killing

Shawn Rhines was sentenced to 10 years to life in prison for the January 4th shooting death of Casimir Snyder. Before Judge Joseph Fahey announced the sentence, a tearful Nicole Snyder, daughter of Snyder, addressed the court.

"Since my father's death we have been forced to move, our lives have been turned upside down," said Snyder.

Snyder's brother, Robin, also spoke saying, "Young people are so thoughtless today."

Rhines intentionally shot Snyder with a rifle from an attic window. The bullet hit Snyder in the neck and he died shortly after the shooting. Rhines attorney said he was only trying to scare Snyder.

Rhines stood silently in the court never showing any remorse or emotion.

The only thing Rhines said was that he never pictured himself doing something like this.

Ja-Le Johnson who first admitted to being the shooter has started pre-trial hearings. Johnson is being charged with assisting Rhines in the shooting and lying to police.

Rhines was 15 at the time of the shooting but was prosecuted as an adult because of the seriousness of the crime. He's now 16.

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