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BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa Bay area man will be sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing his father.

As part of a deal with Hernando County prosecutors, 41-year-old Christopher Burke pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder. He faced a possible life sentence if convicted at trial. His official sentencing date is Dec. 15.

Authorities say Burke beat and strangled his father, 61-year-old Raymond, in October 2011 and then buried the older man behind their Istachatta mobile home. Other family members grew suspicious when Burke said his father had left the state.

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The Tampa Bay Times reports that the sheriff's office began investigating and found Raymond Burke's body about two months after he was killed.