Penryn man guilty of murder, torture

Sherman poisoned his cousin, jury says
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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A jury declared Tuesday that a Penryn man is guilty of torturing and murdering his cousin. Donald Hugh Sherman, 44, was found guilty of first-degree murder and torture in the September 2006 death of his cousin, Reno resident Guy Farmer. The jury also found Sherman guilty of a possession of a controlled substance for sale with a special finding of being armed with a firearm. The jury also found true two special allegations that Farmer’s murder was intentional and inflicted with torture and murder was inflicted with the use of poison. Additionally, Sherman was found guilty on nine counts of a former felon in possession of a firearm. Sentencing for Sherman is scheduled for Nov. 30 in a yet-to-be-assigned Placer County courtroom. He and Reno resident Peter Daniel Schoemig, 32, were tried together in front of two separate juries during a three-month trial. Closing arguments for Schoemig’s case are expected to end Thursday and the jury is scheduled to begin deliberations soon after. See Thursday’s Journal for a complete story on the jury’s verdict for Sherman. Jenifer Gee can be reached at