PASADENA, Calif. — Prosecutors say one of two men charged in the killing of a man whose remains were found in wilderness north of Los Angeles has pleaded guilty to first degree murder.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office says Erik Thomas Pearson entered his plea Tuesday. He faces 25 years to life in state prison when he’s sentenced July 17.

The other defendant, 31-year-old Donald Thurman, goes on trial Wednesday for the January 2013 beating death of Nicholas Carter.

The 25-year-old victim’s body was found in Angeles National Forest. Investigators say Carter’s credit cards had been stolen.

Thurman could face a maximum of life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.

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