A man who shot and killed an East Palo Alto resident following a parking dispute between two women was convicted of voluntary manslaughter on Thursday, Nov. 14.
On Aug. 12, 2009, Dante Rodney Strauter, 24, of San Jose, shot and killed Joel Long, 27, of East Palo Alto 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.
Strauter faced a possible murder conviction, but a San Mateo County jury convicted him of the lesser voluntary manslaughter charge and an enhancement for use of a firearm. He faces up to 12 years in prison, according to California penal codes. He remains in custody without bail, and he will return to San Mateo County Superior Court for sentencing on Jan. 17, 2014.