BRADENTON — A Bradenton man accused of beating his wife to death with a baseball bat in 2012 has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.
Nicholas Hartmann, 40, pleaded no contest during a hearing April 1 and was adjudicated guilty of second-degree murder by Circuit Court Judge Peter Dubensky, court records show.
Hartmann was arrested on the morning of May 15 after Alisa Hartmann, 38, was found dead inside the bedroom of their home in the 2100 block of Harvard Avenue. She was allegedly beaten to death with an aluminum baseball bat, according to the Manatee County Sheriffs office.
Hartmann was taken into custody by deputies at the scene after he allegedly drove up in his truck, stepped out and with beer in hand, said, I did it. I want to die. Kill me now, his arrest report states.
Before Hartmanns lawyers filed an intent to enter a plea on March 25, the defense team had been waiting for an experts opinion to decide whether or not to use an insanity defense in his trial that was set to begin April 22.