Life without parole for man who murdered roommate in Reno

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- A man who killed a roommate in Reno and stole his car has been sentenced to life in prison without a chance for parole, the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office said Friday.

A Washoe District Court jury found Kenneth Earl Davis, 57, guilty in August of murder with the use of a deadly weapon, robbery, and motor vehicle theft.

The incident happened Oct. 28, 2018, in the 1300 block of Grand Summit Drive. Davis was dating the adult daughter of Eric Bobele, 56, and Bobele and his wife allowed Davis to stay in the home until he found his own place.

Bobele and his wife argued about Davis using a vehicle Bobele bought for his wife and Davis shot and Bobele and stole the vehicle. Davis then took off with the new car to California and was arrested by the California Highway Patrol near Colfax.

Davis argued he shot Bobele in self-defense. The jury did not believe him.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Luke Prengaman argued at trial Davis shot Bobele because he felt disrespected by him, the district attorney’s office said. Prengaman argued for the maximum sentence because prior prison sentences had not kept him from committing crimes.

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