A California woman could face life in prison after she allegedly drugged her husband, severed his penis with a kitchen knife, and then ground it up in a garbage disposal.
According to the Los Angeles Times, police arrived at the couple's home on Monday night to find the man tied to a bed and bleeding from his groin. In what the police described as a “spontaneous statement,” the woman, 48-year-old Catherine Kieu Becker, explained to officers what she had done, saying that her husband “deserved it.”
Although details of the incident remain sparse, the alleged crime will undoubtedly have people heading to Wikipedia for a refresher on Lorena Bobbitt, who infamously severed her husband’s penis in 1993.
Court records indicate that Becker and her husband were married a year and a half ago but began divorce proceedings in May. Police say they have no motive for the brutal act, but records suggest that it was the husband who initiated the divorce.
"On the surface, we have nothing more than the divorce proceeding," Lt. Jeff Nightengale of the Garden Grove Police Department told the Times. "We don't have any strong motive leading to this level of violence."
The severity of Becker’s alleged crime led detectives to classify it as “aggravated mayhem,” an offense punishable by life in prison.
The 51-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was taken to hospital for emergency surgery. Nightengale told ABC News that the man is in stable condition, but had no details on the surgery.
“Police were able to recover portions of the penis from the garbage disposal,” Nightengale said, but it was unclear if doctors would be able to reattach it.
Becker is currently being held on $1 million bail.