A San Jose man who shot and killed an East Palo Alto resident following a parking spat in 2009 was sentenced to 11 years in state prison.
On Aug. 12, 2009, Dante Rodney Strauter, 24, shot and killed Joel Long, 27, in front of a residence on the 2200 block of Ralmar Street between Garden Street and Bay Road. The shooting followed an argument between two women after one woman blocked the driveway and would not move to let the other leave.
The first woman eventually moved her car and left the area. But she returned with Strauter, who got into an argument with Long. Strauter returned to his car, grabbed a handgun and shot Long multiple times before fleeing. He was arrested the next day outside his home in San Jose.
At a hearing Jan. 29 in Redwood City, San Mateo County Judge Clifford Cretan sentenced Strauter to 10 years for a manslaughter conviction and an additional 16 months for two felony probation violations, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. He was denied probation.
Wagstaffe said he was seeking a 21-year sentence, versus the defense's seven years and four months.
"We were disappointed; of course we wanted more," Wagstaffe said. "We think Mr. Strauter has well established over the course of his life that's he's a dangerous person. He was on probation at time he did this and he was carrying a gun."
Strauter originally faced a possible murder conviction, but in November a San Mateo County jury convicted him of the lesser voluntary manslaughter charge and an enhancement for use of a firearm.