Associated Press Release
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A California woman who cut off her husband's penis and threw it in a garbage disposal has been sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole.
The Orange County district attorney's office says Catherine Kieu was sentenced Friday for a July 2011 attack that mutilated her estranged spouse. Kieu, who's 50, can seek parole in seven years.
The Garden Grove woman was convicted of torture and aggravated mayhem.
Prosecutors said Kieu drugged her husband's tofu with sleeping pills and screamed "You deserve it!" before attacking him with a 10-inch kitchen knife.
Her lawyer argued that she had mental health problems stemming from childhood molestation and sexual abuse by her husband.
In an impact statement during sentencing, the victim said he's been deprived of part of his life and identity.
[UPDATE] 7-22 3pm - WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) --
Arraignment has been postponed for a California woman accused of cutting off her estranged husband's penis and running it through the garbage disposal.
An Orange County Superior Court judge rescheduled Friday's
arraignment of 48-year-old Catherine Kieu to Sept. 23 and set bail
at $1 million.
Kieu is charged with torture and aggravated mayhem.
If convicted of all counts, Kieu could face life in prison
Authorities say Kieu spiked her 60-year-old husband's meal July
11, then tied him to the bed and attacked him with a kitchen knife.
Kieu's husband had filed for divorce in May after 16 months of
Kieu's attorney, Frank Bittar, declined to comment on the
allegations except to say "there's a lot more to the case" than
meets the eye.
(CNN) - July 13, 2011 - A Southern California woman was in jail Wednesday after allegedly drugging her husband, cutting off his penis, throwing it into the garbage disposal and turning it on, Orange County police said.
Catherine Kieu Becker put a drug or poison in her husband's dinner Monday evening to make him sleepy, according to the initial police investigation.
"The victim went to lie down and he woke up tied to the bed with his wife tugging his clothes off," police said. "The suspect grabbed the victim's penis and cut it off."
Becker told police he "deserved it" when they arrived at the scene after she called 911, the police report said. The couple is going through a divorce.
Becker, 48, was arrested for aggravated mayhem, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, administering a drug with intent to commit a felony, poisoning, and spousal abuse. She was booked into the Orange County Jail.
The 51-year-old victim, who hasn't been identified because he is an alleged victim of spousal abuse, underwent emergency surgery at the UCI Medical Center, police said.