Convicted murderer to be sentenced on Feb. 16.

Nathan Desharnais admitted in court he choked Talia Meguinis to death.

A Red Deer man who pleaded guilty to killing a woman in 2012 will be sentenced on Feb. 16.

Nathan Desharnais unexpectedly pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Tuesday partway through his trial in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench.

Desharnais, 28, was on trial for the death of Talia Meguinis, who was last seen alive in his apartment in the early morning hours of Feb. 20, 2012, in Red Deer.

Meguinis came to Red Deer from the Calgary area on Feb. 17, 2012, to visit an aunt, according to an agreed statement of facts read in court by Crown prosecutor Bruce Ritter.

The 27-year-old mother of three was partying with other people on the floor of the building when she wound up at Desharnais’ apartment.

Desharnais was later targeted by an RCMP Mr. Big sting operation and he admitted killing Meguinis to an undercover officer who was pretending to belong to a criminal organization.

He told an undercover officer in July 2012 that he “did not remember all the details but he knew he choked her to kill her.”

Meguinis naked body was left in a recycling dumpster near Desharnais’ building.

The body was discovered on a conveyor belt on Feb. 22 by workers at a recycling facility in Red Deer.

Desharnais was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and interfering with human remains in September 2012.

pcowley@bprda.wpengine.com

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