Brownsville man sentenced to life for double murder of 4-year-old son, wife

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Diana Pierce and her son / File photo

A Brownsville man was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to murdering his wife and 4-year-old son in 2014.

Donald Edward Pierce was accused of killing his wife and 4-year-old son at their home on the 2600 block of Frankfurt Street in Brownsville last year.

Pierce pleaded guilty to charges of murder and capital murder, according to the court administrator of 445th District Court in Cameron County.

He was sentenced to life without parole on the capital murder for the death of his son and life for murdering his wife. The two charges will be served concurrently.

In late 2014, Pierce pleaded not guilty to charges, The Associated Press reported.

Brownsville police were dispatched to the home last September to check on the source of a foul odor, Action 4 News previously reported.

That TMs when decomposing bodies of the boy and woman were found and domestic violence was suspected.

The woman told others about fights and death threats made by Pierce, a neighbor told Action 4 News.

After speaking with the family members, we were able to resolve the case in a way that justice has been served, Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz said in a statement.

The guilty plea means the case has come to an end with no appeals, according to the District Attorney TMs office.

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