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Tenn. man convicted of killing man, cannibalism

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A Tennessee man has been convicted of killing a man in a bar and eating his flesh.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that jurors on Tuesday convicted Herbert Mike Merritt of first-degree murder. Merritt shot Anthony Laymond "Tony" Ford six times before stabbing him and carving out a piece of his chest cavity. The 49-year-old Merritt thought he was eating a piece of Ford's heart, but instead ingested a portion of the dead man's lung.

Merritt must serve at least 51 years in prison.

He contended he suffered a psychotic break when he killed Ford and was insane. Jurors deliberated five hours before finding him guilty.

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