‘Austin Powers’ henchman gets life in prison in rape-torture case

Richard Winton (LA Times) | September 9, 2011

To millions of moviegoers he was Doctor Evil’s henchman Random Task.

But now a 40-year-old Orange County actor famous from an “Austin Powers” movie will be spending life in state prison in connection with a 1990 Christmas Eve gang rape and torture of a woman taking a walk to see the seasonal lights.

Joseph Hyungmin Son was found guilty Aug. 25 of felony torture, an offense that carries a life term without possibility of parole. The actor was originally charged three years ago with numerous sex crimes but because of a statute of limitations, prosecutors eventually won a conviction on torture.

The crime unfolded seven years before the 1997 movie “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.”

According to prosecutors, a woman walking back to her apartment alone with her dog after going to look at Christmas lights with a relative and friend was stopped by Son about 12:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve 1990. Son asked her for directions and then with another man dragged her to their car, threw her in the back and drove away.

Son and the other man told her they were driving to Compton, pistol-whipped her and repeatedly threatened to kill her. Prosecutors said Son then repeatedly raped, sodomized and forced the victim to orally copulate him in the back of the car. He also tortured her with a firearm. Son’s cohort Santiago Lopez Gaitan, 40, of San Antonio raped the woman.

Read more at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/09/austin-powers-henchman-actor-gets-life-in-prison-in-rapetorture.html

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2 Comments for “‘Austin Powers’ henchman gets life in prison in rape-torture case”

  1. shy cas

    rape is wrong, i was a graffiti artist but not a rapist of little kids..

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