Fla. man who drank victim's blood gets 20 years

AP News
Posted: Mar 16, 2011 9:44 PM

A central Florida man accused of killing his roommate and drinking the man's blood has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

As part of a deal with prosecutors, 43-year-old Mauricio Lopez pleaded no contest Wednesday to second-degree murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and robbery with a deadly weapon.

Authorities say Lopez fatally stabbed 32-year-old Macario Cruz in August 2010. Authorities say Lopez drank a cup of Cruz's blood as part of a ritual.

Prosecutors say they agreed to the deal because a major witness _ the victim's brother _ was in Mexico and unavailable to testify.