Marcus Bebb-Jones of Kidderminster pleaded guilty Friday in Glenwood Springs to second-degree murder in the heat of passion, The Denver Post reported. Under his plea agreement, he faces a maximum of 20 years when he is sentenced May 1.
Sabrina Bebb-Jones, 31, vanished in 1997. At the time, she and her husband were operating a hotel in Grand Junction, Colo.
Bebb-Jones said his wife had walked out on him after a fight. A rancher discovered her skull in 2004 in Douglas Pass, about 60 miles north of Grand Junction.
By that time, Bebb-Jones had returned to England, where he became a professional poker player and won several championships. Immediately after his wife's disappearance, he went to Las Vegas with his 3-year-old son and went on a spending spree, including the rental of a Ferrari.