Joe Son

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Joseph Hyungmin Son
Joe Son mugshot.jpg
Born(1970-11-22) November 22, 1970 (age 43)
South Korea
Criminal penalty
Life in prison without parole
Criminal statusIncarcerated in Salinas Valley State Prison
Conviction(s)Torture
 
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Not to be confused with Joe Sun.
Joseph Hyungmin Son
Joe Son mugshot.jpg
Born(1970-11-22) November 22, 1970 (age 43)
South Korea
Criminal penalty
Life in prison without parole
Criminal statusIncarcerated in Salinas Valley State Prison
Conviction(s)Torture

Joseph Hyungmin Son (Korean: 손형민; born November 22, 1970), commonly known as Joe Son, is a South Korean mixed martial arts fighter and manager, actor, and convicted felon. He is currently serving life without the possibility of parole for rape and torture in America, and has stood trial for murder.

Early life[edit]

Son was born in South Korea. He moved to California at an early age.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Joseph Hyungmin Son
Born(1970-11-22) November 22, 1970 (age 43)
South Korea
Other namesJoe Son
NationalitySouth Korean
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight236 lb (107 kg; 16.9 st)
DivisionHeavyweight
Fighting out ofLas Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Years active1993-1997 (acting)
1994-2002 (wrestling)
Mixed martial arts record
Total4
Wins0
Losses4
By knockout1
By submission3
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Son Hyungmin
Hangul손형민
Revised RomanizationSon Hyeong-min
McCune–ReischauerSon Hyǒng-min

Son was a mixed martial arts fighter and retired with a record of 0–4.[2] He made himself infamous for wearing a leopard thong and sporting makeup during his fights. Son was also a professional wrestler in Japan for a short time, wrestling Shinya Hashimoto at the WRESTLE-1 event and working as singer and dancer for HUSTLE.[3] He appeared at UFC 3 as the manager of MMA fighter Kimo Leopoldo and competed himself in UFC 4.

Acting career[edit]

Son is best known for his role in the 1997 blockbuster movie, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, as Random Task, a parody of the James Bond character Oddjob.[4] Son has also appeared in several other movies, including the first two Shootfighter-films, Bloodfist V: Human Target,[3] and a leading part as the main villain in the Lorenzo Lamas-actioner, Viper (aka Bad Blood) from 1994.

Criminal convictions[edit]

Son pleaded guilty to felony vandalism on May 16, 2008 and was sentenced to 60 days in prison and was placed on probation after his sentence ended. Son was placed into custody on August 18, 2008 and was also given an additional 90 days in prison for violating his probation and for failing to report to the Department of Probation to keep them informed of his current address. As a condition of his plea agreement, Son was required to provide a DNA sample. In October 2008, the DNA sample was linked to a Christmas Eve 1990 gang rape. Already in custody for a probation violation, Son was arrested at the Theo Lacy facility on October 7, 2008.[5]

In October 2008, Son was charged by California authorities in relation to his participation in a 1990 gang rape. He was initially charged in Orange County, California, with five counts of rape, two felony counts of forcible sodomy, two felony counts of sodomy in concert by force, seven felony counts of forcible oral copulation, and one felony count of sexual penetration by foreign object by force. He faced a maximum sentence of 275 years to life if convicted.[2][6]

Son and an accomplice tortured and repeatedly raped the victim before releasing her with her pants tied around her eyes. During the trial the woman said Son told her: 'It's Christmas. This is your lucky day.'

Before jury selection began for his trial in early August 2011, the initial charges against Son were dropped having expired due to the statute of limitations. Son was then charged with conspiracy to commit torture and murder, crimes which have no statute of limitations.[7] In late August, Son was found guilty of one felony count of torture.

During the trial, the Orange County District Attorney's Office maintained that both Son and his co-defendant, Santiago Lopez Gaitan, pistol-whipped their female victim, threatened to kill her repeatedly, and raped her before finally releasing her. His co-defendant in the case Santiago Gaitan, 40, pleaded guilty to rape, kidnapping and other charges, and was sentenced to 17 years and four months in prison.[5] On September 19, 2011, Son was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.[8]

In October 2011, Son was accused of killing his cellmate, Charles Graham, a convicted sex offender;[9][10][11] he has been charged with first degree murder. The murder happened on October 10, 2011, on "B" Yard Reception, building 5 at Wasco State Prison. On September 13, 2013, Son was officially charged with Graham's murder.

Joseph Hyungmin Son, CDCR # AI7266, is currently housed in Salinas Valley State Prison. He is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. He was originally given the right to parole, but he lost it when he killed his cellmate.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Loss0–4Jukei NakajimaTKO (shoulder injury)Pride The Best Vol.2July 20, 200210:54Tokyo, Japan
Loss0–3Joe MoreiraSubmission (terror)Xtreme Pankration 2April 12, 20021N/ALos Angeles, California, United States
Loss0–2Yusuke ImamuraSubmission (elbow injury)Pride The Best Vol.1February 22, 200210:33Tokyo, Japan
Loss0–1Keith HackneySubmission (Groin strikes)UFC 4December 16, 199412:44Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

Kickboxing record[edit]

ResultRecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Loss0–1Japan Nobuaki KakudaKO (Punch)K-3 Grand Prix '95July 16, 199511:40Japan Nagoya, Japan[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joe Son". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  2. ^ a b Child, Ben (October 10, 2008). "Austin Powers Henchman faces life in prison". The Guardian (London). Retrieved March 18, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "The MMA Mental Hall of Fame: Joe Son a.k.a. Random Task". ColinTimberlake.com. 2009-01-17. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  4. ^ Liddy, Tom (2008-10-10). ""Austin" Actor in Rape Bust". New York Post. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  5. ^ a b "'Actor Sentence to Life in Prison for 1990 Christmas Eve Gang Rape of Woman who was Walking Her Dog'". Orange County District Attorney Press Release. September 9, 2011. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ "'Austin Powers' Actor Charged in Unsolved Gang Rape". FOXNews.com. October 10, 2008. Retrieved March 18, 2009. 
  7. ^ Welborn, Larry (August 16, 2011). "'Austin Powers' actor on trial in rape case". The Orange County Register. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ ACTOR SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR 1990 CHRISTMAS EVE GANG RAPE OF WOMAN WHO WAS WALKING HER DOG - Orange County DA
  9. ^ Jailed Austin Powers actor and MMA fighter pleads not guilty to killing cellmate 'with combination of kicks and blows', The Daily Mail
  10. ^ "Joe Son Suspected in California Inmate’s Death". sherdog.com. October 11, 2011. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  11. ^ http://slatest.slate.com/posts/2011/10/12/joseph_hyungmin_son_austin_power_s_random_task_suspected_of_kill.html
  12. ^ http://k-1sport.de/en/database/show_fighter.php?id=503

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