LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility parole for the meat-cleaver killing of his roommate during an argument in July 2012.
Lancaster County Judge Jeffery Wright on Monday imposed the mandatory sentence for 34-year-old Damien Barnhill of Lancaster. Barnhill was convicted last week of first-degree murder in the death of 59-year-old Rouit Bahadur.
Barnhill told the judge that he’s not a murderer and the slaying was in self-defense.
According to testimony at trial, the two men were drinking and arguing when Bahadur slapped Barnhill in the face.
Prosecutors said Barnhill bludgeoned the victim and repeatedly slashed his neck, then hid the meat cleaver in a garbage disposal.
Information from: Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era , http://lancasteronline.com