Robert Hamman found guilty of murdering father, faces 21 years to life in prison

Robert Len Hamman is guilty of murdering his father.

Jurors presented the verdict about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to Richland County Common Pleas Judge Brent Robinson.

"I don't want any outbursts," the judge warned an audience of nearly a dozen as he unfolded the man's fate.

Hamman looked downward as he heard the word "guilty" read repeatedly.

He faces anywhere from 21 years to life in prison, explained Nik Buckmeier, the assistant Richland County prosecutor who presented the case.

Robert Len Hamman, 54, listens to the verdict Tuesday after a jury found him guilty of six felonies, including murder.
Robert Len Hamman, 54, listens to the verdict Tuesday after a jury found him guilty of six felonies, including murder.

Hamman's sentencing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday. That time could change, though, based on the family's schedule and if they would like more time to prepare impact statements.

Hamman shot his father to death on Christmas Eve day

The conviction came 10 months to the day after Robert Hamman pointed a gun at his father, Terrence L. Hamman, 76, and pulled the trigger three times.

Two bullets hit the wall of the man's Shiloh home. A third entered the man's torso.

The elder Hamman, an Air Force veteran and a father of three, died about 6 a.m. on Dec. 24, 2022. It was Christmas Eve day.

Robert Hamman mopped up the blood, changed the dead man's clothes and fled the scene in his father's truck.

Robert Len Hamman, 54, waits as courthouse guards put him in handcuffs Tuesday after a jury found him guilty of six felonies, including murder.
Robert Len Hamman, 54, waits as courthouse guards put him in handcuffs Tuesday after a jury found him guilty of six felonies, including murder.

The killer then pawned off one his father's rings for $575 before driving to a remote portion of Wyandot County. He abandoned the truck when it became stuck in a snow bank.

Hamman hid out in the cold for three nights before he was captured.

Judge Robinson has discretion on sentencing

The minimum sentence imposed on the criminal could be as few as 21 years, Buckmeier explained. That scenario would include 15 years for murder and three years each for two gun specifications.

But Judge Robinson has the option of also running consecutive 10 years for a repeat violent offender charge, three years each for two more gun specifications, three years for tempering with evidence and three more years for having a weapon under disability.

The maximum potential sentence Robinson could impose is 43 years to life.

"It depends on how the judge wants to view the having weapons under disability charge," Buckmeier said.

It also depends on what charges Robinson chooses to run consecutively and which ones run concurrently.

Either way, the prosecutor said the rest of the Terrence Hamman's family finally has closure.

"The verdict was the correct verdict based upon common sense and reason," Buckmeier said. "I appreciate all the efforts of the various law enforcement agencies who did a great job investigating this case and ensuring justice was done."

"It was a real tragedy that his life ended the way it did on Christmas Eve."

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This article originally appeared on Mansfield News Journal: Robert Hamman found guilty of murdering his father on Christmas Eve