Florida Man Accused of Eating Victim's Eyeball and Brains Sentenced to 60 Years
Tyree Lincoln Smith, a Florida man who beat a homeless Connecticut man to death with an ax and then ate his eyeball and parts of his brain, was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to a Connecticut psychiatric hospital for up to 60 years.
A three-judge Bridgeport panel could have ordered Smith released, but he was deemed a danger to himself and others.
Connecticut State Attorney John Smriga said he was concerned Smith would kill and eat others if he were freed.
At the time of his arrest in January 2012, Smith told police the man's eyeball tasted like an oyster and his brain tasted like "women's come."
In December 2011, Smith had visited his cousin's home in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and told her he needed to get blood on his hands, according to police reports.
The next day, Smith returned to her house holding an ax and covered in blood.
Smith then confessed to having killed a homeless man named Angel Gonzalez with the ax.
Gonzalez, Smith said, had been squatting in a home that used to belong to Smith. The homeless man invited him in, where Smith bludgeoned him with the ax before taking pieces of the body to a graveyard. There, Smith ate the man's body parts with some wine.
A building inspector discovered Gonzalez's body more than a month after the murder. Days after that, Smith's cousin went to the police and told them about the night he came to her home covered in another man's blood.
Smith's cousin helped cops track him down with a cell phone and found him living in Florida, where he was eventually arrested.
He had apparently boarded a bus the same day Gonzalez's body had been discovered.
During his sentencing, Smith apologized, saying he's "really sorry" for killing Gonzalez.