Yesterday, 19-year-old Dylan Lentini was convicted in the murder of his roommate, 66-year-old Michael Wimbert of West Nyack, New York. Lentini was homeless when he responded to Wimebrt’s craigslist ad that was looking for a young gay roommate. Lentini stabbed Wimbert close to 30 times, but claimed self-defense saying that the much heavier man tried to rape him. At one point it looked promising for Lentini when he had a number of charges against him dropped and had several of supporters who believed he was a victim. However, his own sister was convinced that Lentini killed Wimbert.
Personally, I have my own doubts about this story. While Wimbert’s craigslist ad makes it appear he was looking for a ‘roommate with benefits’, which has lead to sexual assaults in the past, the number of times Lentini stabbed Wimbert makes me have doubts about the self-defense claim. Unfortunately, there’s not always a clear-cut ending.
Lentini is looking at a term of 25 to life when he is scheduled to be sentenced on November 29th.