Man sentenced to 35 years in prison for 2017 killing of friend after smoking methamphetamine

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for killing a friend after smoking methamphetamine, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

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Sean Strout, 36, was convicted of murder by a Harris County jury after a four-day trial in the shooting death of 36-year-old Erron Walker on Oct. 14, 2017.

"This man was a menace who repeatedly chose to smoke meth and get violent," Ogg said.

"He threw away every second chance he was given and ended up stealing from a friend, leading to an argument resulting in that friend's murder."

Strout was said to be a longtime friend of the victim. On the day of the murder, Strout went over to Walker's home with another acquaintance to socialize.

Walker then accused Strout of stealing his sunglasses and an undisclosed amount of money, and the two began arguing. This caused the third man to leave, officials said.

A neighbor reportedly heard gunshots a few moments later and saw Walker running from his garage. That is when he was fatally wounded.

"Every witness, including the defendant, testified about what a caring and loving person the victim was - he would have given the shirt off his back to help a friend," ADA Chadwick Scott, who prosecuted the case, said.

"We're proud that the jury recognized that Strout has left a trail of victims that he has impacted throughout his life and decided to hold him accountable."

Strout was said to have an extensive record already. When he was arrested for murder, he was on probation for robbery.

In addition, he had been arrested several times for drug possession and theft.

While awaiting trial in jail, he was charged with assault for striking an inmate with a sock with a weight in it.

He was also charged with harassing a public official for throwing bodily fluids on a corrections officer.