After being found guilty of killing his ex-new girlfriend’s partner after she dumped him owing to his infidelity, a Texas man was sentenced to over 20 years in jail.
According to a news statement from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Austin Hoff, 29, was sentenced to 23 years in prison this week for shooting and killing 23-year-old Steven Senter in the Houston region in 2016.
When he eventually cheated on her, and she moved back to Spring, Texas, Hoff persuaded his fiancée to go with him from Spring, Texas, to Austin, Texas, where he worked as an auto mechanic. He then started pursuing and berating the woman.
On September 5, 2016, Hoff was waiting in front of his ex-house girlfriend’s when she and Senter, her new boyfriend, arrived home. Senter tried to stop Hoff from pushing his way inside the house. Hoff shot Senter in the chest, killing him after a fight.
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Hoff removed his shirt, and ran away to Austin, Texas, but was eventually persuaded to return by his father. Police discovered the clothing and the rifle in his car when he returned, both stained with Senter’s blood. According to the press statement, the 23-year sentence was given “presumably in honor of the age Senter was at his death.
“Cases like this are why we take stalking and intimate-partner violence so seriously,
” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “This man decided to lie in wait for three hours for his ex-girlfriend to arrive at her own house. When she arrived with her new boyfriend, he attempted to force himself into the home, ultimately shooting and killing the new boyfriend.”
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