Arkadiusz Kaczmarek denied the assassination of 47-year-old Slawomir Kulesza in their common house in Blakemere Court, Ellesmere Port.
A murderer was sent to prison for life after stabbing his friend ten times in a vodka-drenched frenzy in their house.
Judge Steven Everett said we may never know what prompted the 22-year-old to murder his friend and father of two.
Kaczmarek, who was also convicted of possessing a knife in a public place, returned to court on Friday for the sentencing.
However, a jury found Kaczmarek guilty of murder on Thursday, October 29, after a nine-day trial before the Crown Court in Chester.
Kaczmarek claimed that on the night his father of two children, Slawomir, was killed, he was so drunk that he had no memory of the events.
In sentencing Kaczmarek, Honorable Judge Steven Everett said, “This was a drunken, savage attack and a truly heinous offense.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment and must serve at least 19 years in prison.
“We may never know why you did what you did, but nothing could justify any kind of attack, let alone this murderous attack.
“He (Slawomir) desperately tried to escape from you by holding up his hands. It must have been a terrible thing for him, with the many blows you gave him – 10 knife wounds and a slit wound.
“I’m pretty sure you remember what you did and that you knew what you were doing at the time, which was made worse by the alcohol.
Kaczmarek and Slawomir, both of Polish descent, first met in February when Kaczmarek and Slawomir moved into the two-story row house in Blakemere Court.
A neighbor was woken by loud noises at their address around 1 a.m.
On the night of the murder, Friday, May 1, they had gone to a mini-market together and bought a bottle of vodka.
Around 1:05 a.m., a surveillance camera recorded Kaczmarek walking down Westminster Road with a kitchen knife.