Man gets four years for 2010 slay­ing

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Pa­trick Beach pbeach@states­man.com Con­tact Pa­trick Beach at 445-3603.

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.

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