AN admitted Satanist convicted of brutally killing a romantic rival and then butchering him has been sentenced to life in a Florida prison.
Lazaro Galindo, who represented himself, told the Miami court he was God and that he would unite the Catholic and Satanic religions.
He also maintained his innocence, saying he felt "the actual killer is still loose on the street".
A jury deliberated for just over two hours last month before convicting Galindo of second degree murder.
Calling the murder "appalling" and "gruesome", Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Peter Adrien ordered Galindo serve a life sentence, virtually guaranteeing he will die in prison.
In a confession nearly 40 pages long, the 26-year-old detailed how he stabbed and beat Argelio Gonzalez and then spent two days inside his caravan home dismembering the man. Police found an altar and a cauldron filled with knives and metal weapons.
Galindo had initially petitioned the court to wear his Satanic garb to trial, but said he had found God the day it was scheduled to begin.
Galindo is serving a 45 year sentence for molesting a 13-year-old. His life term will start after that sentence concludes
MIAMI - As a child, Lazaro Galindo cut open the family puppies "to see all the pretty colors inside." As a teen, he kept a black cauldron filled with hatchets and knives, all tools he used to sacrifice animals for his religion. He once told a detective he had an insatiable desire to eat human flesh.
He used his cherished weapons to butcher a romantic rival. He said he cut off the victim's leg and fingers because an evil spirit he called Candelo told him to...
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