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New hampshire man accused of killing roommate with sledgehammer had history of violent crime

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire man accused of bludgeoning his roommate to death with a sledgehammer has a history of violent crime, records show.

Peter Bartoloni, 70, was arraigned Tuesday on two counts of second-degree murder in the death of 56-year-old Robert Roderick last week. Prosecutors said the two men had been roommates briefly before Bartoloni used a sledgehammer to kill Roderick.

The Portsmouth Herald reported Tuesday that Bartoloni was convicted of rape in 1990 and assault to commit rape in 1980. The Associated Press reported in 1972 that Bartoloni was serving an 11- to 20-year sentence for armed robbery, unlawful possession of a shotgun and escape when he stabbed another inmate at what was then called the Walpole State Prison.

At arraignment Tuesday, a judge ordered Bartoloni held without bail. He was represented by public defender James Godbout. Godbout did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Conviction on second-degree murder can bring a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Roderick’s body was found in the home he had shared with Bartoloni by two acquaintances of the men late Friday and reported to police around midnight.

Bartoloni was arrested Saturday and charged with failing to report as a registered sex offender, Hampton Police Lt. Dan Gidley told the Herald. While he was in custody, he was charged with killing Roderick.

Bartoloni also lived in Lowell and Brockton, Mass., in recent years.

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