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Posted on 09/10/2011 2:07:00 AM PDT by rawhide
SANTA ANA, Calif. A bit actor who appeared in the first "Austin Powers" movie was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the violent 1990 gang rape of a Southern California woman.
Joseph Son, 40, was found guilty of one felony count of torture Aug. 25 after being linked to the crime through DNA evidence, said Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney.
In 1997's "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," Son wore a bowler hat and played one of Dr. Evil's henchmen, named Random Task.
Son and co-defendant Santiago Lopez Gaitan, 40, abducted the then-19-year-old victim as she was walking her dog by her apartment on Christmas Eve.
Son and Gaitan drove the woman to Huntington Beach and repeatedly raped and sodomized her in the back of the car at gunpoint. They also pistol-whipped her and repeatedly threatened to kill her, counting the bullets and telling her she was going to die.
Prosecutors say the woman, identified in court papers as Jane Doe, begged for her life before Son and Gaitan released her, naked, badly injured and blindfolded with her own pants. She went to a local home, where police were called.
Evidence was collected from the woman that Christmas Eve, but the case eventually went cold.
It wasn't until Son pleaded guilty to felony vandalism in 2008 and violated probation that he was required to provide a DNA sample. That sample was linked to DNA collected from Doe in 1990.
In an "impact statement" to the court, the woman said she deals with post-traumatic stress disorder daily, and Christmas has become difficult to celebrate every year.
"My emotional scars are intense," she told the court. "My twenties were stripped from my life as I relearned how to walk, see, hear and cope with the outside world again."
Gaitan pleaded guilty in January to five felonies, including kidnapping and sodomy by force in concert. He was sentenced to 17 years and four months in state prison.
wow. glad they finally found these POS.
Joe Son getting neutered by Keith Hackney: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57Mva-3n7TY
I don’t understand the level of violence somebody is willing to inflict upon another for the sake of some sexual thrill.
He probably wasn’t that far from taking somebody’s life for the same purpose.
It’s a work of the devil.
I hope she sues son for every penny he has.
He does bit parts and he commits crime.
He doesn’t have money.
How could any man do such things?
I wish he had been caught long ago...no telling what other atrocities this sub-human has been involved in.
If I were a woman I would always be packing a gun... and be prepared to use it against a fiend like this.
Sick. However, the article says at the top that he got life in prison and at the bottom that he got 17 years. I hope it’s the former.
It’s nice to see DNA testing and computer capability solving crimes that the criminals thought they’d gotten away with.
Those who do such things are males, not men.
Good point...I should not have granted this animal the dignity of calling it a man.
“However, the article says at the top that he got life in prison and at the bottom that he got 17 years. I hope its the former.”
co-defendant Santiago Lopez Gaitan copped a plea & got 17yrs.
The co-defendent got the 17 years.
Son 0 wins 4 losses.
This was deeper than a power issue.
It was a virtual death. He wanted it clear that she was nothing more than a living blow-up doll.
“Rape isn’t about sex, it’s about anger and power. Sex is the how, not the why.”
I believe that mantra is feminist PC claptrap.
I’m so slow that it never dawned on me that his Austin Powers character’s name, “Random Task” was a take on the name “Odd Job”, saw the movie, read the stories and the other night it just hit me. He’ll be performing many Odd Jobs in prison, I hope.
Joseph Hyungmin Son (born November 22, 1970) is an American actor, mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, and a convicted sex-offender.