WOONSOCKET â€” A Superior Court judge sentenced David P. Leite to life in prison yesterday for the grisly stabbing death of his live-in girlfriend in their Park Square apartment in 2009.
Leite, 35, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder before Judge Susan McGuirl just hours before he was to stand trial in the death of Mellisa â€śMissyâ€ť Perry. He must serve at least 20 years before heâ€™s eligible for parole.
Prosecutor John E. Corrigan told the court that if Leite had gone to trial the state would have proven that he stabbed and slashed Perry 79 times with a utility knife.
WOONSOCKET -- Firefighters work to extinguish flames in the roof of a residential building at the Plaza Village apartments on Village Way Wednesday morning. The fire heavily damaged a two-story structure containing 24 units at the complex, which is located off Mendon Road. There were no reports of injuries, but residents were not expected to be able to return to their building in the wake of the blaze. See Thursday's edition of The Call for the complete story.