By the time Joe Son fought at UFC 4 and subsequently had his balls minced by Keith Hackney, he figured he had gotten away with a vicious armed kidnapping and rape he committed with a buddy four years prior. Three years later he was cast as Random Task in the Mike Myers hit Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and probably thought his crime would never be solved. Eleven years later, the cold case thawed when the Korean-born sub-par fighter, actor and human being was arrested for an unrelated parole violation and a DNA submission was linked to the Christmas eve 1990 assault on a then-19-year-old woman whose life would never be the same after Son and his co-accused plucked her from the street in Orange County and drove around for a few hours taking time raping and sodomizing her while terrorizing and penetrating her with a handgun.
The pair made their victim believe that she was going to die, no matter if she cooperated with their demands or not before releasing her with the caveat that her life was “her Christmas present from them.” How thoughtful.
Well, that fat bastard won’t get to breathe the air of a free man for at least 16 years, but it’s more likely that he’ll spend more behind bars, especially if prosecutors and his victim have any say in the matter, and they will. According to the LA Times, he was sentenced to life in prison this afternoon with the possibility of parole.
His victim, who is now 40 and told the court Friday that she suffers from daily bouts of post traumatic stress disorder, flew in for the month-long court proceedings to ensure that she got the opportunity to explain the effect Son’s actions have had on her life. She will have the opportunity to speak at each of Son’s parole hearings and she likely will.
“I feel debilitating fear come over me and am convinced a hand is coming from behind again,” the victim said in court. “My emotional scars are intense. My 20s were stripped from my life as I relearned how to walk, see, hear and cope with the outside world again. Joseph Son not only cost me my job at my salon [that I had at the time of the attack] but also my college savings … not to mention the impact it’s made on celebrating Christmas year after year.”
Son’s original charges of rape, torture and kidnapping were dropped after a statute of limitations expired prior to trial, but the Orange County District Attorney’s office levied charges of conspiracy to commit murder and torture in their place. The defense was able to convince jurors that because both assailants attmpted to conceal their identities by covering their faces and using aliases during the attack, that they didn’t plan to murder their victim. The torture charge, however, stuck.
Hopefully an old school UFC fan in Son’s block who knows the story recognizes him and lets the rest of the inmates know who this sick motherfucker is so they can Hackney him in the nuts every day.