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

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March 16, 2011 09:44 PM EST | AP


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.