MOSCOW (AP) _ A man in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan was sentenced to death today for killing and eating his girlfriend and an apartment tenant, a news report said.

Pavel Gorobets pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend and his tenant, and making dishes of the victims' body parts, which he fed to friends, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.

But in a final statement before the verdict was announced, Gorobets denied he ever ate the victims himself.

Police found some of the body parts in April near the house where Gorobets and the two victims had all lived.

Gorobets is unlikely to be put to death any time soon. Kyrgyzstan's president in December issued a two-year moratorium on carrying out capital punishment, though courts continue to hand down death sentences.