Man gets four years for 2010 slaying
Simel Steiner received a four-year prison sentence Wednesday after pleading guilty in the October 2010 shooting death of Damon Rittenhouse.
Steiner was charged with shooting Rittenhouse, 23, while the victim sat in a car at a Texaco station in eastern Travis County. Steiner told investigators that Rittenhouse had stolen his drugs and property and was selling his drugs. Rittenhouse was shot in the forehead.
After the plea Wednesday, testimony began in the punishment phase of the trial before Travis County District Judge Brenda Kennedy.
Steiner, 26, pleaded guilty to “murder under the influence of sudden passion arising from adequate cause.” If the defense proves adequate cause, it is a seconddegree felony, punishable by two to 20 years.