Already serving time in jail for raping and torturing a woman, 40-year-old actor Joseph Hyungmin Son is the top suspect in the murder of his 50-year-old cellmate. Son — who starred as Random Task in ‘Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,’ a play on the ‘Goldfinger’ character Odd Job — was sentenced to life in prison last month after being convicted of felony torture, a charge that stemmed from an incident that occurred on Christmas Eve in 1990. His unnamed cellmate was a 50-year-old male serving a two year sentence for failing to register as a sex offender.
In 1990, the actor and a friend kidnapped a woman, repeatedly raped her and threatened her with a firearm before letting her go free. Son was never charged with the heinous crime until an unrelated arrest in 2008 forced him to give a DNA sample which was then linked to the attack.
“I feel debilitating fear come over me and am convinced a hand is coming from behind again,” said Son’s victim, only identified as Jane Doe, in court. “My emotional scars are intense. My 20s were stripped from my life as I relearned how to walk, see, hear and cope with the outside world again. Joseph Son not only cost me my job at my salon but also my college savings … not to mention the impact it’s made on celebrating Christmas year after year.”
Wasco State prison officials have only named Son as a suspect in the death of his cellmate. A full investigation will take place before charges are filed. TMZ reports that since the incident, Son has been moved to solitary confinement.
[via LAT, TMZ]
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