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Actor sentenced to life in prison for gang rape

The Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A bit actor who appeared in the first "Austin Powers" movie was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the violent 1990 gang rape of a Southern California woman.

Joseph Son, 40, was found guilty of one felony count of torture Aug. 25 after being linked to the crime through DNA evidence, said Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney.

In 1997's "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," Son wore a bowler hat and played one of Dr. Evil's henchmen, named Random Task.

Son and co-defendant Santiago Lopez Gaitan, 40, abducted the then-19-year-old victim as she was walking her dog by her apartment on Christmas Eve.

Son and Gaitan drove the woman to Huntington Beach and repeatedly raped and sodomized her in the back of the car at gunpoint. They also pistol-whipped her and repeatedly threatened to kill her, counting the bullets and telling her she was going to die.

Prosecutors say the woman, identified in court papers as Jane Doe, begged for her life before Son and Gaitan released her, naked, badly injured and blindfolded with her own pants. She went to a local home, where police were called.

Evidence was collected from the woman that Christmas Eve, but the case eventually went cold.

It wasn't until Son pleaded guilty to felony vandalism in 2008 and violated probation that he was required to provide a DNA sample. That sample was linked to DNA collected from Doe in 1990.

In an "impact statement" to the court, the woman said she deals with post-traumatic stress disorder daily, and Christmas has become difficult to celebrate every year.

"My emotional scars are intense," she told the court. "My twenties were stripped from my life as I relearned how to walk, see, hear and cope with the outside world again."

Gaitan pleaded guilty in January to five felonies, including kidnapping and sodomy by force in concert. He was sentenced to 17 years and four months in state prison.

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September 09, 2011 09:56 PM EDT

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Too bad you can't give him more than life in prison. The guy had almost 20 years of freedom after committing that crime.

You know, I didn't even catch that.

It happened 4 years before UFC 4 took place. Maybe Keith Hackney knew something the rest of us didn't.

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You know, I didn't even catch that.

It happened 4 years before UFC 4 took place. Maybe Keith Hackney knew something the rest of us didn't.

I'm working purely from memory here and that "just ain't what it used to be". But didn't he come into the ring carrying a cross ala Jesus and make some statement about the importance of Christ in his personal life? Again, I am old and confused so I might be wrong, I'm old and confused.

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I'm working purely from memory here and that "just ain't what it used to be". But didn't he come into the ring carrying a cross ala Jesus and make some statement about the importance of Christ in his personal life? Again, I am old and confused so I might be wrong, I'm old and confused.

That was Kimo. Joe Son trained Kimo.

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That was Kimo. Joe Son trained Kimo.

Yeah, I couldn't remember which one of them it was that came out bearing the cross but I felt sure that Joe Son was involved. Totally aside from this issue I really kind of miss the older days of the UFC sometimes. No doubt the fighters of today are much more well rounded but there was just something kind of cool about seeing the different styles being used back then. Now everyone seems to have evolved into using a more homogenous "MMA style". I really miss some of the pioneers of UFC.

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