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Richland Teenager Sentenced to Over 23 Years in Prison

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A Benton County Judge has sentenced a 19-year-old Joshua Hunt to over 23 years in prison for murder. A Benton County Judge has sentenced a 19-year-old Joshua Hunt to over 23 years in prison for murder.

KENNEWICK, WA - A Benton County Judge has sentenced a Richland teenager to over 23 years in prison for murder. 

That is the maximum sentence 19-year-old  Joshua Hunt could have received for murdering 17-year-old Joshua Snapp.  A jury convicted him of second degree murder with a weapons enhancement last month.

Benton County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Hunt and then 18-year-old John Young last 4th of July after Richland Police discovered the body of Snapp in the desert outside of Horn Rapids. Snapp had been shot three times in the head and chest.

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

The defense said Hunt suffered from diminished capacity due to the drug use.

"Any time we had to talk about the actual things that happened in the desert, he cried every time," says Shane Silverthorn, Hunt's attorney.  "He's a 19-year-old young man and it's a terrible tragedy for everybody involved." 

Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller had argued that Hunt and now 19-year-old John Young planned and carried out the murder.

"Mr. Hunt not only devastated Josh Snapp's family but his family is victims because they're not going to be seeing him," says Miller.  "I think the important message is that you have to be aware of the consequences of your actions." 

Young is set to go on trial later this spring.

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