Tucson man gets 7 years in slaying over furniture

2013-01-23T00:00:00Z 2013-01-23T07:43:16Z Tucson man gets 7 years in slaying over furnitureKim Smith Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 23, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A Tucson man who killed another man during an argument over furniture was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday, the maximum sentence allowed under his plea agreement.

On May 7, 2012, Noah Holl, 26, brought an entertainment center to an apartment complex to sell to Scott Almadarez and Joel Langejans, but the deal fell through, according to court documents.

The next morning, Holl got into a fistfight with Almadarez because he thought Almadarez was trying to rip him off. When Holl left, he took some laptop computers owned by Langejans.

Four hours later, Holl and Langejans, 42, arrived at the apartment complex about the same time, according to court documents.

Holl punched Langejans while Langejans was still in his vehicle and then Langejans sprayed Holl with pepper spray and chased him around the truck with the pepper spray. Holl retrieved a wooden cricket bat from his vehicle and beat Langejans with it.

Moments later, Holl and his girlfriend, Jennifer Ryan, were in the truck getting ready to leave when Langejans got a gun and shot Holl, killing him.

Langejans was arrested at the hospital the next day when he sought treatment for the lacerations he received from the bat.

Langejans pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was facing between three and seven years in prison.

Assistant Pima County Public Defender Kevin Burke asked Judge Howard Hantman of Pima County Superior Court to impose the three-year sentence.

His client is deeply remorseful for killing Holl, but he was in "flight or fight mode," Burke said.

Holl had beaten him with a tire iron and cricket bat during their confrontation, but Langejans knows his actions were inappropriate, Burke said.

He also noted his client has battled substance-abuse issues for years.

Deputy Pima County Attorney Bruce Chalk asked for an aggravated sentence, noting Langejans' lengthy criminal history and the impact Holl's death has had on his family.

Last week, Holl's father, stepfather and others asked for the maximum sentencing.

"He killed him as we were leaving, and the evidence shows that," Ryan said.

"All I could do was sit there and hold him and beg him not to die," Ryan sobbed.

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