SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — A jury Monday convicted a Garden Grove woman of cutting off her husband’s penis and running it through a garbage disposal.READ MORE: Parolee Aariel Maynor Charged With Murder Of Philanthropist Jacqueline Avant
Catherine Kieu, 50, was found guilty of torture and aggravated mayhem after the jury deliberated for only two hours. She could face life in prison without the possibility of parole when she is sentenced on June 28.
Prosecutors say the woman and her husband had an argument in July 2010 at their Garden Grove home and she laced his soup with Ambien.
When he fell asleep that night, authorities say she tied him up, then woke him and cut off his genitals with a kitchen knife.READ MORE: USC Student Is Second COVID Omicron Case Confirmed In LA County
After allegedly throwing the body parts in the garbage disposal, Kieu called 911 and told police that her husband “deserved it,” according to authorities.
The couple was reportedly going through a divorce at the time of the attack.
Kieu’s attorney said his client had a “break from reality” when she committed the crime and had trouble accepting her husband’s request for a divorce.
(©2013 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)MORE NEWS: No-Burn Order Extended Through Tuesday Evening For Much Of Southland