By Bay City News Service
A 24-year-old man was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter for a 2009 fatal shooting in East Palo Alto that happened after a parking dispute, San Mateo County prosecutors said today.
Dante Strauter, an East Palo Alto resident, was found guilty Thursday by a San Mateo County Superior Court jury in Redwood City.
Strauter had been charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of 27-year-old Joel Long in the 2200 block of Ralmar Avenue on Aug. 18, 2009, but on its second day of deliberations, the jury returned with a guilty verdict on the lesser charge, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said the dispute started when Strauter’s female cousin refused to move her car to allow another woman to pull out of Long’s driveway.
The cousin eventually moved her car after an argument, but returned with Strauter, who was armed with a .40-caliber handgun, prosecutors said.
After a confrontation in Long’s garage, the victim was shot three times — twice in the back and once in the leg, prosecutors said.
Defense attorney Geoff Carr argued that the shooting was in self-defense.
Strauter, who remains in custody, will return to court for sentencing on Jan. 17.
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