Mykel Cooper update: Phoenix man gets 25 years in prison for killing his roommate

Posted at 2:33 PM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-09 16:33:04-05

A Phoenix man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2014 stabbing death of his roommate has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say Mykel Cooper also was sentenced Wednesday to five years of supervised probation.

The 25-year-old Cooper also pleaded guilty to burglary last month in the case.

He originally had been charged with first-degree murder in the December 2014 killing of 29-year-old Steven Horkovy.

The victim's body was found in his room in their apartment after Cooper told staff at a behavioral health facility that he'd done something bad to his roommate.

Police had taken Cooper to the facility after they were called to a restaurant where Cooper said he didn't have any money to pay for his meal.