The incident occurred in July 2011 when Catherine Kieu was going through a divorce with her husband. She put the sleep medication Ambien in his dinner after they argued about a friend staying with them.
When he fell asleep, Kieu tied his legs and arms to the bed. After he woke up, the woman cut off her husband’s penis with a knife. She didn’t stop there. Kieu threw the penis in a garbage disposal and mutilated it.
Kieu’s now ex-husband described the trauma he went through during sentencing.
“The convicted (person) viciously deprived me of part of my life and identity,” the ex-husband told the court. “Then, as is routine in cases of violence that involve something sexual, the victim must endure, at the hands of the defense, a second attack. This was a cruel and calculated violation of a person’s body and mind. I now struggle with what is before me. She has torn off my identity as a man. She has caused doubt in my belief in good. She has betrayed my trust in people.”
During the trial, Kieu’s lawyer said that she suffered from mental health issues and shouldn’t be convicted. However, the jury still found her guilty of one felony count of torture and one felony count of aggravated mayhem.
The 50-year-old’s ex-husband said he wished Kieu received more time behind bars.
“Deep down inside I was hoping for a stronger sentence, but given the restraints of the law this is what he had to do,” he said.
“There may be a situation where I can be happy, but whole? Never… I’ve got a long ways to go.”
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