Teen Admits To Gunning Down City Worker

A Syracuse, N.Y., teenager says he was the sniper who gunned down a city worker outside the victim's home in January.

Sixteen-year-old Shawn Rhines pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for killing 47-year-old Casimir Snyder. Snyder was getting into his car when he was hit in the neck by a bullet fired from the attic window of a home across the street.

Rhines will be sentenced to 10 years to life as part of a plea deal Thursday. Prosecutors say he will serve the sentence in state prison.

Another youth who was in the attic was originally charged with Snyder's murder after he falsely confessed to being the gunman.

The two teens told investigators they would shoot target practice from the attic. That escalated to shooting at animals and, finally, Snyder.


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  • by Emily Location: Greenville on Apr 19, 2009 at 09:07 PM
    Chris, I agree. Guns kill people in the same way that a spoon made Rosie O'Donnell fat. This "kid" needs to be locked op for life. Ten measley years will not rehabilitate him--he's a cold-blooded killer.
  • by Ginny Location: V'town on Apr 19, 2009 at 12:42 PM
    This is unbelievable. I agree with Melvin. Don't you think I would have heard my sons shooting upstairs in the attic? Whose gun did he have? Who provided the bullets? They had progressed from "target practice" to "shooting animals" and then to a human. How long did this progression take? Did no one report any shot or injured animals in the community? Didn't neighbors complain about shootings from this house? It's time for people to start waking up and alerting police when unusual behaviors are noticed in our communities! These kids probably started years ago playing violent video games which were labeled for adults.
  • by C on Apr 19, 2009 at 11:36 AM
    WITN: Please allow me to say one thing here..don't insult our nation's military and police by calling this yahoo a "sniper". A sniper is a highly trained marksman who fires a precision rifle to eliminate hostile targets from varying distances. People like this kid are merely murderers. By the way, this is for Chris: As one of your aforementioned "gun nuts", I won't make you wait to hear from us any longer. I don't think a lawfully-carried firearm is the answer for every problem. There are no guarantees in life, and this case proves that. But I know that being legally armed usually gives one a fighting chance, which beats having no chance at all. No gun law will stop people like this from getting their hands on a gun. All we can do is keep REAL nuts like THIS locked up, which our society seems unwilling to do. I'd also point out that just because someone owns firearms, it does'nt automatically make them a "nut". However, Freud DID say that a FEAR of weapons is a mark of weakness.
  • by Melvin Location: Jacksonville on Apr 19, 2009 at 09:14 AM
    There is a much simpler way of controlling this type of behavior of teenagers. It is called parental control. This teenager killed a man in cold blood, it could have been just as easily committed with a knife,baseball bat, fists, or any other device that the perpetrator would have decided to use. But the glaring question is why didn't this murderer get a sentence of life imprisonment for his crime? This type of carefree murder by teenagers will only be exacerbated by the revolving door justice system with minimalistic sentences handed down. Criminals and future criminals know nothing will happen to them in the commission of their crimes. Ten years of committing murder please, give me a break.
  • by Chris on Apr 19, 2009 at 08:04 AM
    Let us hear from the gun nuts out there.. "If we were allowed to carry guns this wouldn't have happened" "If He had of been allowed to carry a gun he could have shot back". We are waiting to hear from you!
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