General Crime

Lawrence Hoffman Found Guilty Of Murdering Burlingame Roommate With Mallet

Fugitive Watch Logo 77x77px


A jury reached a guilty verdict this morning in the case of a Burlingame man who beat his roommate to death in December 2011. Lawrence Hoffman, 65, faces 26 years to life in prison after the jury deliberated for a day and half and returned this morning to San Mateo County Superior Court with a first-degree murder verdict, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Hoffman was on trial for murdering his 70-year-old roommate Joe Consentino in an attack at their shared apartment in Burlingame on Dec. 5, 2011. During the trial Hoffman argued that he had been threatened by his roommate who had verbally abused him for weeks, according to prosecutors. He said Consentino confronted him in their Garden Drive apartment holding a mallet and ready to strike and spewed vitriol at him.

Hoffman said he had been able to get the mallet and “snapped” and attacked Consentino with the weapon. He continued to hit him on the head twice more after he had fallen to the ground. The man was found with a 5-inch fracture on his skull. Hoffman then covered the body with blankets and put an air freshener near the body before fleeing to the Los Angeles area, according to prosecutors. He also tossed blood-covered clothing and the mallet in a Dumpster. The weapon was never recovered. Burlingame police discovered the body on Dec. 8 — the same day Hoffman was arrested in Glendale, Calif., after he told an acquaintance about the deadly attack. He is scheduled to return to court to be sentenced on July 12 at 2 p.m.

Copyright © 2013 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

Comment Advisement We welcome your thoughts, but for the sake of all readers, please refrain from the use of obscenities, personal attacks or racial slurs. All comments are subject to our terms of service and may be removed. Repeat offenders may lose commenting privileges.

Leave a Comment

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons