10/09/2013 05:23 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Alberta man pleads guilty to second-degree murder, victim from Atlantic Canada

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - A northern Alberta man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of a woman orginally from Atlantic Canada.

Dale Davidson, 56, was sentenced to life in prison in a Fort McMurray court with no chance of parole for 12 years.

Davidson killed Joyce Walsh, originally from Point May, N.L., in her Fort McMurray home on March 22, 2012.

RCMP say it was not a random attack, but did not release any more details.

Walsh was 49.

Davidson was originally charged with first-degree murder.