A 70-year-old New Hampshire man accused of killing his roommate in Hampton has several previous criminal convictions.
Peter Bartoloni is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 56-year-old Robert Roderick last week. Prosecutors say the two men had been roommates briefly before Bartoloni used a sledgehammer to kill Roderick.
The Portsmouth Herald reports 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 11-20-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.
It was not immediately known whether Bartoloni has a lawyer.