Man Accused Of Killing Roommate And Drinking His Blood Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

03/17/2011 12:25 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

BARTOW, Fla. -- 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.