A South Florida man who targeted gay men for robbery and ultimately confessed to the killing of a gay senior was sentenced to death on Friday, gay weekly the South Florida Blade reported.

In February, a Broward County jury convicted Eric Kurt Patrick, 46, of the first-degree murder of Steven Schumacher, a 72-year-old gay man. Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes sentenced Patrick to death on Friday.

Patrick was just coming off a nine year prison sentence for carjacking when he began targeting gay men in September 2005.

Schumacher's body was found on Sept. 27, his wrists and ankles hog-tied and his mouth gagged with a rag, inside the bathtub of his Oakland Park apartment. Investigators say Patrick beat and strangled the gay senior to death. He smoked crack cocaine while the senior lay dying in the bathtub, prosecutor Shari Tate said.

Patrick befriended his victim at the Cubby Hole, a gay bar in Fort Lauderdale, about a week before the murder. He made off with a 2000 Ford Ranger pick-up truck and an ATM card, but didn't get far.

Police investigators quickly caught up with their suspect, who was arrested on Sept. 28, shortly after the police discovered the body. Patrick confessed his crime to investigators but did not give a reason, Broward Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Veda Coleman-Wright said.

Patrick, who has a tattoo of a swastika and a snake on his back, told the police that he had been targeting gay men to rob them since leaving prison a month earlier.