Man gets life+25 for beating girlfriend to death as she slept in jealous rage

First State Update

DELAWARE — An Elsmere man was sentenced by a Superior Court judge to life in prison plus 25 years for the murder of his girlfriend.

Deputy Attorneys General Matthew Frawley and Jenna Milecki secured the sentence for Steven Pierce, 45, who was convicted by a Superior Court jury last month of Murder First Degree and Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony.

In July 2016, Pierce bludgeoned his girlfriend, Heather Stamper of Delaware City, to death as she slept in her bedroom. Investigators found Pierce became jealous believing that Stamper, 31, of Delaware City, was speaking to an old boyfriend. Social worker Stacey Murphy and paralegal Stacey Coupe assisted with the case, which was investigated by Delaware State Police.