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Richland Teen Convicted of First Degree Murder

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KENNEWICK, WA - A Benton County jury has convicted a Richland teenager of first degree murder.

The jury read the verdict Friday morning, agreeing with prosecutors that 19-year-old John Young premeditated the murder of 17-year-old Josh Snapp.

Snapp died from multiple gunshot wounds after the shooting last 4th of July, in the desert near Horn Rapids.

During the trial, the jury watched a taped interview where Young told detectives he shot Snapp after another teenager, Joshua Hunt, fired the first shots. Young also admitted that he showed Hunt how to use the gun.

Prosecutors say earlier in the day, Young and Hunt had argued with Snapp over drugs and money.

A jury convicted Hunt of second degree murder back in February. A judge sentenced him to more than 23 years in prison. 

No word yet when a judge plans to sentence Young for the first degree murder conviction.
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