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A Texas Mechanic Cheated On His Girlfriend. He Then Stalked Her After She Moved Out And Killed Her New Boyfriend.

texas man cheated on girlfriend killed new boyfriend
Source: Harris County District Attorney's Office

Mar. 7 2023, Published 3:53 p.m. ET

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A Texas man was sentenced to 23 years in prison after shooting his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend to death over six years ago.

Austin Hoff, a 29-year-old auto mechanic, asked his then girlfriend to move in with him in 2016. She later caught Hoff cheating, so they broke up and she moved to Spring, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

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Harris County District Attorney Kim Hogg said, “Hoff eventually started harassing and stalking her.”

On Sept. 5, 2016, Hoff drove to his ex-girlfriend’s house and parked outside, waiting for three hours for her to return.

When she arrived home, she was reportedly with her new boyfriend, 23-year-old Steven Senter. The couple attempted to go inside the home, but Hoff forced his way in and Senter pushed him away.

Hoff and Senter got into a struggle before Hoff took out a gun and shot Senter in the chest. Hoff stripped off his shirt and made his way back toward Austin.

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Hoff then talked to his father, who convinced him to drive away.

Officers from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office found the suspect's shirt and gun, which were both covered in blood, inside his vehicle.

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On Feb. 28, Hoff was found guilty and sentenced to 23 years in prison, which the district attorney said was a “tribute to the age of Senter” when he was fatally shot.

Hoff will be eligible for parole after serving half his sentence.

Hogg added, “Cases like this are why we take stalking and intimate-partner violence so seriously."


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