Upstate man sentenced 22 years to life for murder of Putnam County College student

Michael Snow, 32, of Massena, has been sentenced to 22 years to life in prison for the murder of 21-year-old Elizabeth Howell.

News 12 Staff

Aug 22, 2023, 4:36 PM

Updated 245 days ago

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Michael Snow, 32, of Massena, has been sentenced to 22 years to life in prison for the murder of 21-year-old Elizabeth Howell – a college student from Patterson who was fatally shot at SUNY Potsdam.
Howell, a music student, was found shot near the Crane School of Music in Feb. 2022.
Snow, who initially faced trial proceedings scheduled for yesterday, entered a guilty plea in June and was sentenced last month.
According to WWNY-TV and the Watertown Daily Times, District Attorney Gary Pasqua said Snow confessed to making a plot to create bad press for SUNY Potsdam before he killed Howell in a drive-by shooting. Pasqua said he wanted to harm a former co-worker, who was then employed at SUNY Potsdam, by randomly killing one of the university's students.
Snow expressed remorse for his actions during his sentencing.


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