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"Thankful but disappointed" says Father of Murdered Richland Teenager

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A Benton County Jury Tuesday jury convicted Josh Hunt for murdering a friend he thought was a snitch. A Benton County Jury Tuesday jury convicted Josh Hunt for murdering a friend he thought was a snitch.

KENNEWICK, WA – A Richland teenager looks at spending the next 20 years in prison.

A Benton County Jury Tuesday jury convicted Josh Hunt for murdering a friend he thought was a snitch.

The 19-year-old looked straight ahead as the clerk read the verdict.

The jury of eight women and four men couldn't agree that Hunt premeditated the killing of Joshua Snapp, 17, convicting hunt of the lesser count of second degree. 

Snapp's father, Chris Snapp, says the family will have to live with that.

"We're a little disappointed. That being what it is, this is the justice system, and they did what they felt was right," Snapp says. "In regards to our son Joshua, justice will not be served until God finds a way to make it right."

Sheriff's deputies arrested Hunt and another teenager last Fourth of July after Richland police discovered Snapp's body in the desert outside Horn Rapids. The teenager had been shot in the head and chest.

When hunt took the stand last week, he said he believed Snapp was a police informant, snitching about the local drug scene. But Hunt says couldn't he remember shooting Snapp. He says he often blacked out when he combined marijuana and meth.

"It is not an excuse for murder," says Shane Silverthorn, Hunt's attorney, "It is however something to take into consideration when determining the degree of murder."

Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller says he'll seek the maximum prison term, more than 20 years, when the judge sentences Hunt next month.

The second teenager accused in Snapp's murder, John Young, 18, goes on trial next month.   

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