August 30, 2014
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in a sniper-style slaying of a public works employee in Syracuse, N.Y., after police learned that his friend falsely confessed to the crime.
Police say 16-year-old Ja-Le Johnson originally gave a statement admitting he shot 47-year-old Casimir Snyder on Jan. 4. But they're now charging Shawn Rhines with second-degree murder.
Police say Johnson intentionally misled authorities in a test of loyalty to see if his friend would step forward or let him take the blame.
Police say the buddies would hang out in the attic of Johnson's brother's house and target practice with their rifles. They started by shooting at objects, then squirrels and rabbits.
Rhines was arraigned Tuesday. His lawyer had no immediate comment.
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