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Kieu receives 7-year sentence
Monday, July 01, 2013 5:59:08 PM


 Catherine Kieu, the Orange County woman convicted of cutting off her husband’s penis, will serve up to seven years in prison for the crime.

FILE - This file photo provided by the Orange County District Attorney's office shows a booking photo of Catherine Kieu. Kieu 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. (AP Photo/Orange County District Attorney, File)

 Kieu, of Garden Grove, was found guilty in April of torture and aggravated mayhem. Her sentence also includes time for the use of a knife.

 In court, the public defender said that Kieu suffered verbal and sexual abuse at the hands of her husband, which compounded mental-health issues that stemmed from childhood molestation in Viet Nam.

 The incident occurred nearly two years ago on July 11, 2011, following a fight between the couple. Prosecutors said Kieu put sleep medication in her husband’s dinner, then tied him up as he slept. When he woke up, she committed the act, according to the prosecutor.

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