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Woman Gets Life In Prision For Cutting Off Husband's Penis, Discarding In Garbage Disposal

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A California woman 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.

Catherine Kieu, 50, may seek parole after seven years. Her lawyers said she had mental health issues caused by abuse as a child and by her ex-husband. Kieu was convicted of torture and aggravated mayhem.

Prosecutors said Kieu drugged her husband's tofu with sleeping pills and screamed "You deserve it!" before attacking him with a 10-inch kitchen knife. She also tied him to the bed said prosecutors in Orange County, Calif.

Police have said the couple were going through a divorce at the time of the attack.

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Her lawyer argued that she had mental health problems stemming from childhood molestation and sexual abuse by her husband.

Her ex-husband said he has been deprived of part of his life and his identity as a result of the attack.

Sources: HuffingtonPost, BBCNews