A Manitoba man who was charged with murder in a 2003 homicide case, after being arrested in a "Mr. Big"-style police sting three years ago, has pleaded guilty.


Derek James Kembel, 25, was last seen leaving a bar in Dauphin on Feb. 28, 2003. ((North American Missing Persons Network))

Christopher Robin Shewchuk, 32, pleaded guilty on Monday to second-degree murder in the death of Derek James Kembel, who disappeared in 2003.

Kembel, 25, was last seen leaving a bar in Dauphin on the evening of Feb. 28, 2003. His body has never been found.

Court heard that Shewchuk admitted to shooting Kembel, then burning the victim's body on his family's farm near Winnipegosis, Man.

Shewchuk was originally charged with first-degree murder, but he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge as his trial was set to begin on Monday.

RCMP arrested Shewchuk in 2011 following an undercover operation in which undercover officers pretended to be members of a criminal organization.

A "Mr.Big" sting involves a suspect being offered a job, money or prestige in exchange for sharing a secret.

Shewchuk is scheduled to be sentenced later this month in Dauphin.