Man Faces Life In Prison At September Sentencing For 2013 Murder

The two people convicted in the cold case murder of a Redding man were both scheduled to be sentenced last week, but only one of them learned their fate. In May of 2013, Carleen Annette Honaker and Matthew Hartman planned to rob 53-year-old Charles Sweetwood of the prescription pills he had just picked up from a pharmacy. They also planned to humiliate him, because Hartman held a bitter grudge against Sweetwood. Hartman departed from that plan and executed Sweetwood with a gunshot to the back of his head. Sweetwood’s daughter found him in his bathroom 6 days later. The pair avoided arrest until new evidence was uncovered by retired RPD Detective Rusty Bishop in 2018. The following year arrest warrants were issued. Honaker was sentenced last Tuesday to 13 years 8 months in prison. Hartman will be sentenced September 14th, and could face life in prison without the possibility of parole.