A young woman died shortly after leaving campus on College Park Roadside
Michael Snow, 32, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder after the shooting death of Elizabeth Howell, 21-year-old, a student and orchestra member at the State University of New York Potsdam Crane School of Music. Snow was arrested the following night after law enforcement identified and shared details about the vehicle that was seen leaving the scene. The man in a gray Honda Civic left Potsdam and traveled through Hopkinton, Malone, Westville, and Hogansburg before finally arriving in Massena, according to New York State Police.
Additional charges were dropped in a plea bargain
Initially charged with second-degree murder, he was charged with additional charges of first-degree murder, manslaughter, first-degree assault, and firearm use. Snow initially pleaded not guilty to each count against him. During the hearing, Judge Craig P. Carriero promised to sentence the defendant to life in state prison for a minimum of 22 years and a maximum of life imprisonment. Snow’s sentencing hearing is slated for July 28. Howell was set to graduate the year she died. “She was an aspiring educator with a bright future,” Phil Neisser wrote in a letter published online the day after the violence. “United as a campus community, we honor her life and mourn her loss.”