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Man convicted of murdering roommate, state attorneys say

Joseph Robinson, 57, faces life in prison

Booking photo of Joseph Robinson.
Booking photo of Joseph Robinson.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man was found guilty Thursday evening of second-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, state attorneys said.

Joseph Robinson, 57, faces life in prison, according to state attorneys.

In September 2011, officers arrived at a home on Steele Street and found Jimmie Gatlin, 52, dead inside, state attorneys said.

The investigation revealed Robinson, who lived with Gatlin and two other roommates, had become angry after discovering his keys were stolen.

State attorneys said Robinson accused the roommates of taking his keys and threatened to kill someone if they were not returned.

After leaving the home, Robinson returned a few hours later and began banging on his roommates' bedroom doors, state attorneys said.

When Gatlin walked out of his bedroom to tell Robinson to stop banging on the door, Robinson pulled out his gun and shot him in the chest, according to state attorneys.

A sentencing date has not been set.