Snook gets 4-12 years in shooting incident
By JIM RUNKLE
LOCK HAVEN – A Loganton man accused of trying to kill the mother of his two daughters last July was sentenced to four to 12 years in a state correctional institution.
The sentence was handed down by President Judge Craig P. Miller in Clinton County Court.
Scott Leonard Snook, 35, was charged by state police at Lamar with attempted homicide, attempted aggravated assault, attempted simple assault, compulsion of missiles into an occupied vehicle, prohibited possession of a firearm and reckless endangerment.
The sentence focused on three criminal counts, including simple assault, burglary and aggravated assault. The other charges were dismissed by the court.
Snook, who was remanded to the custody of the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill for processing, was represented by local attorney David I. Lindsay.
In affidavits and court documents filed with the Clinton County Prothonotary’s office, the victim told officers she was in her car after arriving at the home of Snook’s parents to pick up her two daughters after a visitation when Snook approached her vehicle with a rifle.
She said he tried to open the locked door on the passenger’s side, stepped back and pointed the rifle at the window.
She said she heard a “pop” and the glass in the window shattered. The woman said she immediately put her car in reverse and left the Long Run Road, Greene Township property, calling police as she drove.
State police at Lamar responded to the scene and also put out a description of Snook and the truck he was driving.
Several hours later Snook was observed by another trooper as he drove back to his parents’ home, where he was eventually taken into custody, police said.
Police said Snook exited his vehicle and put a muzzleloader to his chest, saying “I’m going to shoot myself. I want to die.”
When the rifle would not fire, Snook put the gun back in his truck, grabbed a box cutter and started to slash the right side of his neck before he was stopped by the officers, who used a stun gun to bring the defendant under control.
Snook was also ordered to pay fines amounting to $2,500.
Judge Miller found that the seriousness of the crimes prevented Snook from qualifying for a state-governed, reduced-sentence program.