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Chef David Viens Sentenced For Boiling Wife
A Los Angeles chef who told police he cooked his wife's body in boiling water has been jailed for between 15 years and life for second-degree murder.
Dawn Viens disappeared in 2009. Her body has never been found.
David Viens denied murdering the 39-year-old but in statements played during his trial he told police he had boiled her body down for four days to destroy evidence of her death.
He told police that when he was finished he dumped her remains in a grease pit at his restaurant, but kept her skull and stored it in his mother's attic.
Viens, 49, was convicted in September.
During the sentencing hearing, Viens made a rambling, 45-minute statement saying he had lied in his interviews with police.
He said he had been on medication for surgery at the time of his police statement that made him disoriented.
Police say Viens was injured and had to be operated on after he leaped off an 80-foot cliff upon learning he was suspected over his wife's disappearance.
The 2011 police interview was conducted from Vien's hospital bed in 2011.
On the recording, Sheriff's Sergeant Richard Garcia asked Viens what happened on the night of October 18, 2009, when his wife vanished.
"For some reason I just got violent," he said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The newspaper reported Viens had claimed in one interview that he believed his wife had been stealing from their restaurant, but in another that they had done cocaine together and she was pestering him while he tried to sleep.
He allegedly told Sgt Garcia that he used duct tape on her mouth and bound her hands and feet to keep her still while she was "wasted" and then fell asleep.
The next morning, he woke up and "panicked".
Asked why, he told the officer: "She was hard," implying his wife had died overnight.