PROVIDENCE — Brian Audette, 49, of Warwick, was sentenced Tuesday to a life sentence after pleading no contest to second-degree murder in the 2013 Woonsocket murder of Donna Pike, 57, bludgeoning her with a 25 lb. dumbbell.
Audette, who lived at 307 Elm St.,Warwick at the time, accordingto a Woonsocket Patch report, murdered Donna Pike April 7, 2013while she was lying in bed in her apartment located at 79 Rathbun St. inWoonsocket, AttorneyGeneral Peter F. Neronha, reported.
Aftera verbal argument, he struck her repeatedly in the head with a 25-pounddumbbell, causing blunt force trauma that resulted in her death.
The case was investigated bythe Woonsocket Police Department. Warwick Police detectives assisted Woonsocket withthe arrest and custody was turned over to Woonsocket on the arrest warrant,according to the WPD 2013 annual report.
AssistantAttorney General Shannon Signore and Special Assistant Attorney General AlisonDeCosta prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General.