Joe Son

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Joe Son
Born(1970-11-22) November 22, 1970 (age 42)
South Korea
Conviction(s)Torture
PenaltyLife in prison without parole
Conviction statusIncarcerated in California Medical Facility, Vacaville, Ca.
 
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Joe Son
Born(1970-11-22) November 22, 1970 (age 42)
South Korea
Conviction(s)Torture
PenaltyLife in prison without parole
Conviction statusIncarcerated in California Medical Facility, Vacaville, Ca.

Joseph Son (born November 22, 1970) is a South Korean mixed martial arts fighter and manager, actor, and convicted felon now serving a life sentence.

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Early life

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

Mixed martial arts career

Joe Son
Born(1970-11-22) November 22, 1970 (age 42)
South Korea
NationalitySouth Korean
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight236 lb (107 kg; 16.9 st)
DivisionHeavyweight
StyleJoe Son Do
Fighting out ofLas Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Mixed martial arts record
Total4
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] Son was also a professional wrestler in Japan for a short time.[3] He appeared at UFC 3 as the manager of MMA fighter Kimo Leopoldo and competed himself in UFC 4.

Acting career

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 Bloodfist V: Human Target.[3]

Legal problems

Son pleaded guilty to felony vandalism in 2008 and was placed on probation. As a condition of his plea agreement, Son was required to provide a DNA sample. In 2008, the DNA sample was linked to a 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][7]

Son and an accomplice tortured and repeatedly raped the victim before releasing her with her underwear 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.[8] 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.[9] In September 2011, Son was sentenced to life in prison. In October 2011, Son was accused of killing his cellmate, a convicted sex offender.[10][11] Son has been charged with a First Degree Murder in Wasco State Prison where he allegedly killed a sexual offender. The case is still pending and Joe Son will stand trial. The murder happened on October 10, 2011, on "B" Yard Reception, building 5.

Mixed martial arts record

ResultRecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Loss0–4Japan Jukei NakajimaTKO (shoulder injury)Pride The Best Vol.202002-07-20July 20, 200210:54Tokyo, Japan
Loss0–3Brazil Joe MoreiraSubmission (terror)Xtreme Pankration 202002-04-12April 12, 20021N/ALos Angeles, California, United States
Loss0–2Japan Yusuke ImamuraSubmission (elbow injury)Pride The Best Vol.102002-02-22February 22, 200210:33Tokyo, Japan
Loss0–1United States Keith HackneySubmission (Choke)UFC 401994-12-16December 16, 199412:44Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

Kickboxing record

ResultRecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Loss0–1Japan Nobuaki KakudaKO (Punch)K-3 Grand Prix '9501995-07-16July 16, 199511:40Japan Nagoya Japan[12]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Joe Son". The New York Times. http://movies.nytimes.com/person/239188/Joe-Son/biography. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
  2. ^ a b Hunt, Loretta (October 10, 2008). "Austin Powers Henchman faces life in prison". London: guardian.co.uk. http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2008/oct/10/joe-son-rape. 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. http://www.colintimberlake.com/mma-mental-hall-of-fame-joe-son-random-task-ufc-keith-hackney/. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
  4. ^ Liddy, Tom (2008-10-10). ""Austin" Actor in Rape Bust". New York Post. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/item_ekUvP8qYTpY43RMTlhjqRM. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
  5. ^ "'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. http://orangecountyda.com/home/index.asp?page=8&recordid=2560&returnurl=index%2Easp%3Fpage%3D8. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
  6. ^ Child, Ben (October 10, 2008). "Austin Powers henchman faces life in prison". London: The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2008/oct/10/joe-son-rape. Retrieved March 18, 2009.
  7. ^ "'Austin Powers' Actor Charged in Unsolved Gang Rape". FOXNews.com. October 10, 2008. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,435561,00.html. Retrieved March 18, 2009.
  8. ^ Welborn, Larry (August 16, 2011). "'Austin Powers' actor on trial in rape case". The Orange County Register. http://www.ocregister.com/news/son-312215-dna-austin.html?cb=1313532320. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  9. ^ "'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. http://orangecountyda.com/home/index.asp?page=8&recordid=2560&returnurl=index%2Easp%3Fpage%3D8. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
  10. ^ "Joe Son Suspected in California Inmate’s Death". sherdog.com. October 11, 2011. http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Joe-Son-Suspected-in-California-Inmates-Death-36365. 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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