NEW YORK (AP) _ A construction worker accused of driving a pickax into the head of his boss in a dispute over money pleaded guilty Tuesday to murder.

Speaking through a Russian-language interpreter, Oskar Racins, 22, admitted killing Donald Peglow, 45, at a construction site last year.

The judge told him he will get 18 years to life in prison at sentencing next month.

Racins, a native of Riga, Latvia, who lived in Brooklyn, killed Peglow inside a building they were renovating after Peglow refused to give Racins $700 or so in back pay he was supposedly owed, authorities said.

Racins then took his boss' wallet and money and hid the body under a sheet of metal.

Racins, apparently intending to return to Latvia, went to Kennedy Airport instead of reporting for work, but fell asleep and missed his flight. He was arrested when he returned to his father's Brooklyn apartment.