A Georgia man was sentenced to 25 years behind bars after a horror confession.
Bo Dukes, 34, was given the maximum sentence after he confessed to helping in disposing of the remains of teacher Tara Grinstead.
A jury heard in shock how he tried to conceal the murder and assisted his friend Ryan Duke.
Dukes spoke of his regret in his part in the horrific murder.
In a tearful apology to the victims family, Dukes spoke of how he 'failed Tara' and was 'cowardly, callous and cruel' for what he did to hide her death.
Ryan Duke broke into the teacher's home using a credit card before he strangled her to death.
He then got the help of his friend to transfer her body into the forest of a pecan orchard and then burn the remains over the course of two days.
Dukes' mom tried to plead for her son during the trial.
Dixie Hudson, told the judge of her son's decorated military service and asked the court to rehabilitate him.
However, these please fell on death ears as judge granted the victim's family's request to issue Dukes the maximum possible sentence for his part in the crime.