Former Antrim man found guilty of murder

  • Joshua Ruoff Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, July 02, 2018 8:44PM

A former Antrim man was convicted of first-degree murder for a 2016 incident on a California marijuana farm that left one man bludgeoned to death in a shallow grave.

On Friday, a Mendocino County jury found Joshua Richard Ruoff, 32, guilty of the “willful, deliberate and premeditated murder” of Timothy Sweeting, according to a news release from the Mendocino County District Attorney’s office. 

According to police, Ruoff assaulted Sweeting with a baseball bat on May 17, 2016 on a marijuana farm in Covelo, California before fleeing the premises. Sweeting’s body was later found in a shallow grave.

Ruoff rented a U-Haul truck and drove to his home state of New Hampshire. He was arrested in Concord on May 23, 2016 and extradited to California, where he was incarcerated in Mendocino County Jail awaiting trial.

According to the district attorney, Ruoff is likely to receive a sentence of 26 years to life at his sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for July 10.