California Woman Gets Life For Severing Husband's Penis


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
without parole.

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.

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  • by Steve Location: Marietta, Georgia on Jul 22, 2011 at 06:29 PM
    I get sick of this...Does anyone understand the word "accused?" She removed his Oscar Meyer, tossed it in the disposal, and hit the switch! I look at this "non-accused, did it" just looking at the fotog! Those eyes are like five inches from each other! "Accused" does this look like an accused innocent person? You can see it on her face...Happy to have done it! I know this is like beating a dead horse, but this word is tossed around, way to many times. Can you say Chi Omega House At Florida State University? There was an "accused" serial killer involved. Can you say Federal Building in Oklahoma City? an "accused" Tim. M. may have been involved, but requested a speedy trial, and execution, A.S.A.P. I knew that you were thinking the same thing, you just won't say itr If I was an "alleged speeder" and that officer asks me to sign the ticket, and I do not, I am rushed-off to the jailhouse. You cannot be guilty of something alleged, and an innocent person is not rushed off to jail! You snotnose cops 22 year-old cops! Get that Constitution straight! Word!
  • by Go Navy Location: Tallahassee on Jul 22, 2011 at 02:28 PM
    Well at least in California he can switch over to the other team and still have plenty of playmates.
  • by Danu Location: Tallahassee on Jul 22, 2011 at 01:23 PM
    What divorced lady with some 10 years plus chaotic marital tenure...prior to the actual divorce hasn't 'thought' about doing that. Doesn't make it right to do it though. She is likely going to spend some time in prison over this action. No revenge tactic is worth going to prison over. Hint to men: When divorcing your wife who isn't happy about it...just move on out or you could end up similarly...
  • by Aggravated on Jul 14, 2011 at 11:55 AM
    This is a really sick crime and the thing that is even more sick about this is that alot of people think it's funny. What if the situation was reversed and he did something like this to her. He would be a sick human being and everybody would be streaming for him to get the death penalty. This is a double standard that really makes me sick so everyone who thinks this is funny think about someone getting raped. Is that funny?????
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      by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2011 at 12:14 PM in reply to Aggravated
      It should be screaming not streaming.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2011 at 01:05 PM in reply to Aggravated
      Thank you!
  • by Eboni Location: Tallahassee fl on Jul 14, 2011 at 08:21 AM
    I wonder did she use Viagra with the food to make him go to sleep because he woke up in the middle of it so it couldn't have been to much sleep aid.
  • by brenda joiner Location: tally baby on Jul 13, 2011 at 05:23 PM
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      by Daniel on Jul 13, 2011 at 08:51 PM in reply to brenda joiner
      Really? You actually think this sick action against a human is funny?
    • reply
      by anon on Jul 14, 2011 at 06:55 PM in reply to brenda joiner
      BJ Think about that!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2011 at 03:04 PM
    The crazy eyes,....she's gottem.
  • by annoymous on Jul 13, 2011 at 01:57 PM
    well like another lanabobit
  • by Marty Location: Albany on Jul 13, 2011 at 01:22 PM
    She just wanted media attention....I could think of a better way to end the relationship....she's the idiot! He will continue to walk free, she will not and she deserves to be in prison for a long, long time, no matter what he did too her, she could have got away from him without that!
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      by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2011 at 06:09 AM in reply to Marty
      he will still continue to walk free, less one leg...ha, ha, ha.
  • by Hey Location: Tally on Jul 13, 2011 at 01:16 PM
    Off with her tatas!!
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      by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2011 at 02:04 PM in reply to Hey
      Not nearly the same, but I get the idea.
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