KENNEWICK, WA-- A Benton County jury reached a guilty verdict Friday in the John Young murder trial. Young was convicted of first degree murder for killing 17-year-old Joshua Snapp last July.
Snapp's parents were emotional, but relieved to see the trial come to an end. They say they believe justice was served, but it will never bring their son back and now Young will be held accountable for taking their son's life.
"Looking forward to moving on and thinking about our son and not this trial and the last year," said Aimee Snapp, Joshua's mother.
Snapp's family and friends embraced and shed tears following Friday's guilty verdict.
Young and his friend Joshua Hunt shot Snapp after they did drugs in the desert near Horn Rapids. Hunt was convicted of second degree murder in February for his part in the killing.
Following two trials and coping with the grief of losing a son, the Snapp family is ready to move on.
"Just relief. It's a weight off of our shoulders that should've never been placed there in the first place," Aimee said.
Young and Hunt said they took Snapp to the desert to smoke marijuana and used other hard drugs earlier.
Snapp's family wants to create a positive from this tragedy by getting the message out to local youth that drugs can lead to horrific actions.
"Sobriety is the new drug," Aimee said.
Joshua's father, Chris Snapp, echoed her wishes to send a message of drug prevention.
"It's what we want to teach our kids and it's what we want to teach the community," Chris said.
He says the jury brought justice to his son's death, but he still wants to know what really happened.
"I don't think I've learned the truth yet and I'd really like to hear the truth about what happened. I'm hoping at sentencing that Mr. Young finds the strength to tell us the truth," said Chris.