One-time UFC lovable loser Joseph Hyungmin Son, who was convicted of torture last month after DNA evidence tied him to a brutal gang rape that took place in 1990, was sentenced to life in prison on Friday (Sept. 9, 2011) for what Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseno referred to as "sadistic sexual gratification."
"Joe Son" (0-4), also known to non-MMA fans as "Random Task" from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, is probably best known in the fight community for having his balls demolished by Keith Hackney back at UFC 4 en route to a first round submission loss.
After pleading guilty to felony vandalism in May of 2008, Son was required to submit a DNA sample as part of his guilty plea. That sample connected him to an unsolved gang rape that took place over 18 years ago.
According to the Orange County District Attorney's Office, the victim was pistol-whipped, raped, threatened with death and penetrated by a firearm before eventually being blindfolded and released naked.
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Briseno ordered Son to register as a sex offender finding that his crime was for "sadistic sexual gratification."
Deputy District Attorney Eric Scarbrough told the jury that Son is a sadist who gained pleasure from the suffering of the 19-year-old victim he and his crime partner abducted at gunpoint on Christmas Eve, and then sexually assaulted in the back seat of a car while telling her repeatedly that she was going to die.
Son, of Garden Grove, tortured her to get her to acquiesce to his desire to sexually assault her, Scarbrough said.
The prosecutor urged the jury to convict Son, who played a shoe-throwing bad guy in the 1997 spy-spoof film "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," to convict Son of both conspiracy to commit murder and torture.
But defense attorney Darren Thompson convinced the jury that there was no specific intent on Son's part to murder the victim.
The victim testified that after she was repeatedly raped and sodomized at gunpoint, she was dragged out of the car naked and told to run.
She said one of her attackers, whom she identified as Son, told her: "It's Christmas. This is your lucky day."
Son was also charged with multiple sexual assaults as well as kidnapping, but escaped conviction after the statute of limitations had expired on those charges.
Regardless, he's headed upstate, and while he may be eligible for parole at some point in the very distant future, it's safe to say we've probably see the last of this unflushed turd.