Carlos Sarmiento was found guilty of first degree murder and armed criminal action on Wednesday, and could face a life sentence without parole.
A Clinton County jury found the 57-year-old Jamesport man guilty of killing his roommate, Lance Davis, with a hammer. On Feb. 17, 2009, the Daviess County Sheriff's Department responded to a 911 call from Sarmiento saying that his roommate had been killed. The responding officers found the weapon, a 16-ounce claw hammer near Davis' body, and Sarmiento outside the residence. Davis was struck twice in the head and was dead when the officers arrived.
The case was heard in Plattsburg, with Circuit Judge Daniel Chadwick presiding, after a venue change.
Sarmiento will be sentenced on Nov. 19. Chadwick ordered Sarmiento to remain in custody and set a cash-only bond of $750,000.