A killer stabbed his school friend 325 times before dismembering his body after a row over money.
Robert Field, 23, was jailed for life after the "horrific and ferocious" attack on Gus Davies, 23, in Northampton.
Field stabbed the victim repeatedly before disposing of parts of his body in bin bags the next day.
Northampton Crown Court heard the killer worked as a drugs runner, while Mr Davies ran the criminal operation.
Field claimed he had been robbed of £45,000 of drugs by dealers when he attacked Mr Davies at his home on June 25 last year.
He initially denied murdering Mr Davies, who he claimed had attacked him with a knife – but he changed his plea on the first day of his trial in January.
On Friday Field was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum term of 15 years behind bars.
He was also sentenced to 18 months for possessing criminal property and six months for breaching a court order, both to run concurrently.
Judge Adrienne Lucking said: “The prosecution do not challenge your assertion that Mr Davies came at you with a knife.
“However, your actions went completely beyond self-defence.
“This was a horrific and ferocious attack including blows struck with severe force.”
A pathology report concluded Mr Davies was the victim of a sustained attack with the cause of death resulting from several stab wounds to the neck that resulted in him bleeding out and suffering a cardiac arrest.
In the days after the murder, Field borrowed bin liners, rubber gloves, a spade and a saw from a friend so he could dismember and dispose of the body, the court heard.
In a victim impact statement read out in court, Mr Davies’ family said: “It's difficult to put into words how Gus's murder has affected all of us.
“We would do anything to see him again. What Gus went through is unbearable to think about, knowing he (Field) will be released, I fear for the safety of all of us.”
The court heard some of Mr Davies’ limbs were missing when the funeral was held, meaning the family had to hold a second burial after Field helped the authorities locate the body parts.
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