Derek Louk pleaded guilty in the death of Tyler Matthai

Derek Louk, left, and Courtney Boden (Boden’s mugshot from Bedford County Correctional Facility via NBC affiliate WJAC in Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Louk’s mugshot from Altoona, Pennsylvania, CBS affiliate WTAJ-TV)

A 30-year-old man pleaded guilty this week to third-degree murder for killing his cousin last year, then burning his body with the help of the man’s estranged girlfriend and a second man in a botched cover-up of the crime.

Derek Louk entered the plea Thursday in Bedford County Court in the killing of Tyler Matthai. He also pleaded guilty to abuse of a corpse, Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle Henry said in a news release on Thursday.

Louk will serve 15 to 30 years in prison under the terms of his plea agreement, prosecutors said. He’s set to be sentenced on Sept. 22.

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