Brian Keith Hawkins (Photo: Courtesy of the Shasta County Sheriff's Office)

A California man gave a dramatic TV interview Tuesday confessing to a 1993 murder before going to a police station to turn himself in.

Brian Hawkins, 45, went to the ABC affiliate KRCR news station in Redding, California, on Tuesday, saying he wanted to speak about his involvement in the killing of Frank McAlister.

Crying, Hawkins told the station, "I've been through hell my whole life because of this," adding he has lived with the "absolute horror ... since that day."

"Every minute of every day has been a nightmare," Hawkins told the station. "Frank never got to have a life, but we were teenagers and now I'm 44 and still haven't even had a life and now most likely won't anyway."

A cold case killing

In May 1993, 19-year-old McAlister went missing, the Redding Police Department said in a statement Wednesday. His remains were found by a hiker the next year in Shingletown, California, and his death was ruled a homicide, police said.

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