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Actor sentenced to life in prison for gang rape
ajc.com ^ | 9-9-11

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.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: actor; gang; prison; rape
Why didn't the police have his DNA on file earlier? I would this would be automatic to take from all criminal nowadays? He was probation from an earlier crime. source
1 posted on 09/10/2011 2:07:06 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

wow. glad they finally found these POS.


2 posted on 09/10/2011 2:11:46 AM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: rawhide

Joe Son getting neutered by Keith Hackney: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57Mva-3n7TY


3 posted on 09/10/2011 2:12:33 AM PDT by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: rawhide

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.


4 posted on 09/10/2011 2:14:55 AM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Jonty30

It’s a work of the devil.


5 posted on 09/10/2011 2:19:24 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: rawhide

I hope she sues son for every penny he has.


6 posted on 09/10/2011 2:20:19 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: rawhide

7 posted on 09/10/2011 2:21:54 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: Paleo Conservative

He does bit parts and he commits crime.

He doesn’t have money.


8 posted on 09/10/2011 2:33:15 AM PDT by Jonty30
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To: rawhide

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.


9 posted on 09/10/2011 3:14:10 AM PDT by Bobalu (He who is compassionate to the cruel will ultimately become cruel to the compassionate)
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To: rawhide

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.


10 posted on 09/10/2011 3:16:50 AM PDT by Belle22
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To: Bobalu
How could any man do such things?

Those who do such things are males, not men.

11 posted on 09/10/2011 3:18:30 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

Good point...I should not have granted this animal the dignity of calling it a man.


12 posted on 09/10/2011 3:20:22 AM PDT by Bobalu (He who is compassionate to the cruel will ultimately become cruel to the compassionate)
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To: Belle22

“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.”

co-defendant Santiago Lopez Gaitan copped a plea & got 17yrs.


13 posted on 09/10/2011 3:23:33 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Belle22

The co-defendent got the 17 years.


14 posted on 09/10/2011 3:23:38 AM PDT by nfldgirl
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To: ConservativeTeen

Son 0 wins 4 losses.


15 posted on 09/10/2011 4:10:08 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Jonty30
I don’t understand the level of violence somebody is willing to inflict upon another for the sake of some sexual thrill.

Rape isn't about sex, it's about anger and power. Sex is the how, not the why.
16 posted on 09/10/2011 4:22:24 AM PDT by OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings
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To: OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings

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.


17 posted on 09/10/2011 4:57:29 AM PDT by Jonty30
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To: OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings

“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.


18 posted on 09/10/2011 5:04:37 AM PDT by Lucas McCain
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To: rawhide

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.


19 posted on 09/10/2011 5:06:16 AM PDT by BallyBill (WARNING:Taking me serious could cause stress related illness.)
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To: rawhide

Joseph Hyungmin Son (born November 22, 1970) is an American actor, mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, and a convicted sex-offender.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Son

20 posted on 09/10/2011 5:23:21 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Mean Maryjean

17 years is not enough.


21 posted on 09/10/2011 5:39:48 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I want a Triple A president for our Triple A country)
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To: rawhide

I hope he gets shanked in the liver, and takes a long time to die in agony.


22 posted on 09/10/2011 6:19:19 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: rawhide

They realy threw the book at Gaitan! WOW!!!!!!! 17 years for 5 felonies! The kidnapping should have been life all by itself. The odds of him doing the 17 years? The odds are better for me being elected President of the United States.


23 posted on 09/10/2011 6:30:35 AM PDT by sport
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To: Lucas McCain

No it isn’t. When a hooker can be had for $20, why rape?


24 posted on 09/10/2011 10:04:09 AM PDT by Amberdawn
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