Watch CBS News

OC Woman Convicted Of Cutting Off Husband's Penis, Running It Through Garbage Disposal

SANTA ANA ( — A jury Monday convicted a Garden Grove woman of cutting off her husband's penis and running it through a garbage disposal.

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.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.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.)

RELATED: Woman Allegedly Cuts Off Husband's Penis, Puts It In Garbage Disposal

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.