Catherine Kieu, 50, was convicted by an Orange County jury in April of aggravated mayhem and torture following the July 2011 assault on her ex-husband.
Kieu drugged her former spouse before tying him up and severing his penis with a knife. She then threw it into the garbage disposal unit.
An attorney for Vietnam-born Kieu argued at trial that she had suffered sexual abuse as a child which left her with post-traumatic stress. She was remorseful about the attack, he said.
After the sentencing hearing, the victim – identified only as “Glen” – said he wished Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard Toohey could have given Kieu more time behind bars, City News Service reported.
“Deep down inside I was hoping for a stronger sentence, but given the restraints of the law this is what he had to do,” he said.
“There may be a situation where I can be happy, but whole? Never … I’ve got a long ways to go.” – Reuters