California woman gets life in prison for severing husband’s penis

By Arturo Garcia
Friday, June 28, 2013 21:53 EDT
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Catherine Kieu gets life in prison for severing her husband's penis [KABC-TV]
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A 50-year-old California woman was sentenced to life in prison on Friday for drugging her husband and cutting his penis off with a kitchen knife, KABC-TV reported.

Catherine Kieu was found guilty of torture and aggravated mayhem for the July 2011 attack on the unidentified victim, which prosecutors said she carried out as revenge after he filed for divorce. Kieu drugged the victim’s food, then cut the organ off while yelling, “You deserve it at him.” She later threw it down a garbage disposal. The victim testified during Kieu’s trial that it was not possible to reattach it.

“It was traumatic,” the 60-year-old victim told KABC after Kieu’s sentencing. “There was a lot of anxiety in me at that point. I’m hoping that this will be the last time I ever have to see her.”

Kieu’s attorneys said that she suffered from mental health issues in her native Vietnam and was also verbally and sexually abused by the victim. A request for immediate parole was denied, but she will be eligible to apply for it again in seven years.

In a statement to the court on Friday, the victim said he felt Kieu stole his identity in the attack.

Watch KABC’s report on Kieu’s conviction, aired Friday, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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