Man Faces Up To Life In Prison After Conviction For 2013 Murder

A Redding man has been found guilty of first degree murder in a case that had gone cold for six years. 53-year-old Charles Roy Sweetwood, who was found dead in May of 2013 in his apartment on C Street, had been shot to death a number of days prior to being found by his daughter. Sweetwood had picked up his prescription pills from the pharmacy and he was robbed of them and then executed in his bathroom with a single gunshot to the back of the head. The case had gone cold until new evidence was uncovered by retired RPD Detective Rusty Bishop in 2018. The following year arrest warrants were issued for 39-year-old Matthew Hartman and 34-year-old Carleen Honaker in the burglary, robbery and murder. Hartman still lived in the area and was taken into custody. Honaker had moved away but she was found and returned to Shasta County. Honaker remains in custody without bail. On Thursday Hartman was found guilty. He’ll be sentenced August 10th and faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.