Thursday, July 10, 2008

Houston Man Sentenced in Smelly Feet Killing

There has been a lot of scrutiny in the media concerning a general lack of concern for human life. Perhaps video games have desensitized young people to the very real crime of attacking someone? Do our 24-hour news channels make murders seem commonplace and expected? It isn’t unusual to see stories about people shooting each other for a coat or a pair of shoes. However, the sentence reached in a Houston courtroom this week was a new one for me.

William Antonio Serrano was sentenced to thirty-five years in jail on Tuesday for murdering his roommate. They weren’t fighting over a girl or even stolen items in the apartment … the violence arose from an argument over foot odor. Apparently one of Serrano’s roommates, Noel Quintanilla-Vaquero, loudly shared his displeasure at the smell emanating from Serrano’s lower extremities. Serrano did not appreciate being taunted about his need for a little foot powder, and he proceeded to stab his roommate sixteen times. Serrano claimed the act was one of self-defense, but no evidence of a weapon could be found on the victim.

The most shocking part of the story as reported by the Associated Press, which is calling the case the Stinky Feet Slaying? The men allegedly had been drinking.

Serrano and his court-appointed attorney plan to appeal the ruling, as Serrano pled no contest and did not reach this sentence as part of an agreement with the prosecution. But, as it stands now, he will be serving at least half of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole. This minimum time served will have Serrano behind bars until he turns forty and all because he could not deal with the accusation of having “smelly feet”.

If you have been accused of a crime, foul-smelling or odor-free, Bertolino LLP has attorneys in Austin, Houston and San Antonio who are ready to help you. Please get in touch with us and let’s discuss your case.

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