Lopez who initially denied the charge, ahead of his sentencing, Lopez apologized to Nemeth’s family through a translator, for her murder
A Florida man was sentenced to life in prison for disemboweling his girlfriend after she shouted out another man’s name during a session of drunken intimacy.
Fidel Lopez initially pleaded not guilty to the murder of 31-year-old Maria Nemeth but changed his plea in July for a deal that allowed him to avoid the death penalty. A judge on Thursday handed down the life sentence without a possibility for parole.
The 26-year-old murderer admitted to investigators that he turned into a “monster” after Nemeth called out her ex-husband’s name while they were having sex in their Florida apartment in September 2015.
“She changed my name,” he said. “She called me the name of the other (expletive) guy. And she said it twice and she was wrong and she was confusing me with him. At that point, I get mad. I get really, really mad” Lopez told investigators.
He was also accused of sexually assaulting Nemeth with a beer bottle and a hair straightener before disemboweling her.
Heartless fiend ripped out d his girlfriend’s intestines after she called out her ex-husband’s name during sex – Fidel Lopez pleads guilty to escape the death penalty
Fidel Lopez [left], then 24, is charged with the murder of his 31-year-old girlfriend, Maria Nemeth [right]
Mariah Nemeth was brutally murdered, her body desecrated by her much younger boyfriend, enraged that she called out her ex-husband’s name during sex on the night of Sept 20, 2015
Lopez called authorities himself, telling them his girlfriend was struggling to breathe before she vomited and collapsed. When responders arrived they found him weeping over Nemeth’s body.
He eventually confessed to the brutal murder.
Ahead of his sentencing, Lopez apologized to Nemeth’s family through a translator, according to the news station.
Crime scene photo shows the destruction inside the apt at Colonnade Residences in Florida where Fidel Lopez disemboweled Maria Nemeth Sept 19, 2015, after she said her ex-husband’s name during sex
After Lopez called 911 to report Nemeth wasn’t breathing, officers arrived to find a disemboweled woman with a large amount of blood on the floor inside a closet [photo]. They also noticed ‘several chunks of bloody tissue’ in the closet
“Today, I’m happy to fulfill this conviction … I know what I did has to be paid for and I agree … I pay with my life for the life I took,” he said. “To Maria’s family I ask forgiveness.”
Nemeth’s father struggled to put the feelings of his loss into words on Thursday.
“If I had to summarize the life of Maria, it would be very difficult to express it in a few line,” he said through a translator. “I just want to tell you all that she was and will continue to be a model of affection, effort, perseverance and love of humanity.”
His mom, who described him as a loving son also apologized to Nemeth’s family.
“We’d like to apologize and say we are devastated too,” said his mother.