Texas man sentenced to 35 years in prison for murdering friend after smoking meth
A Texas man convicted of shooting and killing his friend after smoking methamphetamine has been sentenced to 35 months in prison, officials say.
Sean Strout, 36, killed his boyfriend, Erron Walker, 36, in October 2017 after an argument over items Strout allegedly stole. According to FOX 26, Strout was sentenced four days after the incident.
Strout and Walker had been acquaintances for a long time, and they moved around Walker’s house with another friend. Strout was home the day before, so officials say Walker “thought Strout stole some money and sunglasses.”
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Two started arguing about the stolen items and the third left the house. A neighbor reportedly heard gunshots later that day and Walker was also seen leaving his garage as more shots were fired before dying of his wounds.
Strout was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Thursday for Walker’s murder.
“This man was a threat who repeatedly chose to smoke meth and become violent,” District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement. “He wasted every second chance he was given and ended up stealing from a friend, leading to an argument that resulted in the murder of that friend.”
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The jury learned that Strout had an extensive criminal history, including probation for robbery the night he was arrested for murder and having been arrested multiple times for drug possession and robbery.
Strout was also charged with awaiting trial assault after beating another inmate with a weighted sock. He was also charged with harassing a government official, “for throwing urine and feces at a prison officer,” the prosecutor’s office said.
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