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Catherine Kieu Becker in Custody for Penis Sliced Husband

When John Wayne Bobbitt had his penis sliced off by his wife, she at least did it in such a way that he was able to reattach it. The estranged husband of Garden Grove resident Catherine Kieu Becker wasn't as lucky Monday night.

Instead, after Becker allegedly drugged him through the guise of a family dinner, her husband told police that he awoke tied to the bed and watched her slice off his penis with a knife, according to the Los Angeles Times. She then allegedly made sure he got what he "deserved" by promptly dropping his manhood down an active garbage disposal.

Becker called 911 afterward, and police officers arrived to find her husband tied to the bed and bleeding from his crotch.

Becker is now being held at the Orange County jail on suspicion of aggravated mayhem, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, administering a drug with intent to commit a felony, poisoning and spousal abuse.

Under California Penal Code Section 205, a person is guilty of the felony of aggravated mayhem if he or she specifically intends to permanently disable or disfigure another, or deprive the other person of a limb, organ, or member of his or her body.

According to Garden Grove Police Lt. Jeff Nightengale, "it was apparent that the intention by this person was to permanently deprive this victim of his genitalia," reported the Los Angeles Times.

Her husband was transported to the University of California, Irvine Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery and is currently listed in serious condition.

If convicted of aggravated mayhem for having her husband's penis sliced, Catherine Kieu Becker could face life in prison with the possibility of parole. Perhaps she can take another page from Lorena Bobbitt and try the abuse excuse to prove insanity?

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