Alberto Sanchez Gomez, 28, will also serve an additional five months for desecrating the corpse of his 68-year-old mother after a court rejected his claims that he had a psychotic episode during the gruesome murder, the BBC reported.
The unemployed waiter – who has been dubbed the ‘Cannibal of Las Ventas’ – claimed in court in April that he heard voices telling him to kill Maria Soledad Gomez as they watched TV in their apartment in 2019 , according to reports.
A jury in Madrid found him guilty of strangling his mother over an argument, The Independent reported in May.
Prosecutors said Gomez used a carpenter’s saw and two kitchen knives to cut his mother’s body into 1,000 pieces, some of which were found in Tupperware containers inside their residence.
Gomez fed other parts of his mother’s remains to his dog over the two weeks, the Sun previously reported.
“Yes, my mother is here, dead,” Gomez told officers investigating a report on the missing woman. “Me and the dog ate it little by little. “
Gomez ate some parts of his mother’s body raw while cooking other pieces, the Independent reported.
The court rejected claims by Gomez’s lawyers that he was “psychologically disturbed” at the time of the murder. Maria Gomez had been missing for about a month when her son was arrested, according to CNN.
Local media have dubbed Gomez the “cannibal of Las Ventas” in reference to the neighborhood of Madrid near its famous bullring where he and his mother lived.
Gomez reportedly said in court that he was “very sorry” for strangling his mother and eating parts of her body.
“I suffer from anxiety as soon as I wake up,” Gomez said, The Independent reported. “I think of my mother and my heart is broken. ”