Man gets four years for drive-by shooting

By Peter H. Milliken


A 20-year-old Cedar Lane man will be locked up for four years for his role in the drive-by shooting of a 7-year-old girl last year.

Samson Snowden drew the sentence Wednesday from Judge James C. Evans of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Snowden initially was charged with four counts of felonious assault but in a plea deal, the prosecution dropped three of them and reduced the fourth one to attempted felonious assault and reduced the firearm specification from three years to one year.

Snowden pleaded guilty to attempted felonious assault, for which he got three years in prison, and to the firearm specification, for which he got one consecutive year, for a total of four years in prison.

Snowden, who apologized to the victim’s family for his crime, got credit for the 336 jail days he already has served and will be on parole for three years after he leaves prison.

The girl was shot in both legs while she sat in the back seat of a relative’s car at a convenience store on Logan Avenue on the North Side in June 2010.

Witnesses told police a vehicle containing four men drove down Saranac Avenue west of Logan with someone firing shots at the car containing the child, who made a complete recovery from her injuries.

Co-defendant Asa Bush, 22, of Dearborn Avenue, who told the Ohio Adult Parole Authority he fired after someone in the car containing the victim fired first, is serving a five-year prison term for his role in the crime after making a plea deal with prosecutors.

Another co-defendant, Alfonda Madison, 23, also of Dearborn Avenue, has pleaded guilty to a single count of felonious assault in this case and awaits sentencing.

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