Life sentence for murder of gas station worker

Shawn Pike during sentencing proceedings for the murder of Nicole Gates. (March 9, 2015)

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — The man who stabbed a Battle Creek gas station worker to death last summer will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge Conrad Sindt handed down Shawn Pike’s mandatory life sentence on Monday.

Nicole Gates. (Undated courtesy photo)
(Undated courtesy photo of Nicole Gates.)

On July 23, 2014, Pike killed 27-year-old Nicole Gates at a Citgo gas station where she was working the night shift alone. Pike planned to rob the gas station convenience store and attacked Gates, who he knew, when she tried to call police. He stabbed her more than 80 times, even continuing after his knife broke. He took off with beer, cigarettes and lottery tickets in her car.

Pike had little to say during Monday’s sentencing proceedings. He did not apologize to Gates’s family.

“I am sorry to my fiancee and my family and my kids,” he said. “Other than that I ain’t got nothing else to say.”

Gate’s mother Wendy Gates said the life sentence isn’t enough.

“An animal like this should never be allowed to walk the streets again. I wish to God Michigan had the death penalty because even that would be too good for him,” she said before the court.

Nicole Gates left behind three children, now ages 5, 6 and 8. Wendy Gates said they are living with their father and are still having a hard time understanding their mother’s death.

Pike was convicted of murdering Gates last month. The jury deliberated for only 12 minutes before finding him guilty.

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