Orange County Sheriff
April 03, 2015 02:20 PM

A Florida man was found guilty Thursday of murdering his roommate and desecrating her corpse.

Bryan Santana, 20, was sentenced to life in prison for stabbing 23-year-old Shelby Fazio last fall, WFTV reports.

During testimony, jurors heard Santana’s own confession to the crime. In the disturbing video, he asks investigators for a milkshake before describing how he killed his roommate because he was embarrassed that he couldn’t pay rent, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

He told detectives that he removed the lightbulbs in the house they shared so that no one would see him kill Fazio, WFTV reports. “She started kind of crying, so it made me kind of feel bad, but not really,” he said in the video. “I grabbed the knife and I put it right here It went right in and it kind of stopped, and I just started hammering down. And a minute or two later, she was dead. That was it.”

But that wasn’t it, because Santana then defiled her body and killed her beloved dog. He also tried to kill his other roommate, who escaped.

“I have that dark side,” he said in the video, according to the Sentinel. “I’ve always wanted to kill, but I never thought I was going to kill a person. I did it for a stupid reason.”

Defense attorneys argued that Santana was mentally ill, but prosecutors said he knew what he was doing and that he even took pleasure in the slaying.

“He enjoyed it,” Assistant State Attorney Mark Interlicchio said in his closing statement. “So much so that he took trophy pictures of her laying there dead, her hands bound in front of him.”

Fazio’s mother Cindy attended the trial to testify. “Every day will be a day we cannot share with Shelby,” she said. “There will be no more good days – only days that we can get through.”

It took the jury just two hours to convict Santana of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, cruelty to an animal, abuse of a body and grand theft, WKMG reports.

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