Derek Louk sentenced to prison for lighting corpse on fire
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Derek Louk, left, and Courtney Boden (Boden

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)

The man who shot his cousin to death with an AR-15 rifle, dragged the body into a hole and doused it with kerosene before lighting the corpse on fire and letting it burn for six hours will spend the next 15 to 30 years behind bars, a judge ruled Friday.

Derek Louk, 30, pleaded guilty last month to abuse of a corpse in the death of Tyler Matthai in Bedford County, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office said. A plea agreement was reached between the AG’s office and Louk’s attorneys and the judge agreed to the terms.

According to the AG’s office, Louk admitted to shooting Matthai on April 26, 2022, and conspired with two others to burn the body and cover up the homicide.

“The defendant not only pulled the trigger, he then conspired to conceal his horrific crimes by destroying the evidence — the victim’s body,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle Henry said after the guilty plea. “With this plea, he is accepting responsibility for such senseless acts of violence and disregard for human life.”

Matthai’s estranged girlfriend Courtney S. Boden was also sentenced to two to 12 years in prison for her role in the crime while Jordon Robertson pleaded guilty to abuse of a corpse and was sentenced Friday to serve three to 23 months in prison, according to prosecutors.

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