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October 25, 2014

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California woman gets life for severing husband’s penis

SANTA ANA, Calif. — 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.

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  1. Premeditated!

  2. Sexual abuse by her husband and HE says he's being deprived...... What about her life? The garbage disposal so it couldn't be re-attached?

  3. Isn't this the institution of Holy Matrimony that DOMA is supposed to preserve? A marriage between a Man and a Woman which is an honourable estate, instituted of God, signifying unto all a mystical union? Holy macaroni is more like it.

    I'm glad she got Life - it doesn't sound like she had much of one before the judgment day. I can't blame her though - I wasn't there to witness, for which I am sooo thankful.