Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

US chef 'who boiled body' jailed

David Viens is sentenced in Los Angeles Superior Court (AP)
David Viens is sentenced in Los Angeles Superior Court (AP)

A chef who told police he cooked his wife's body in boiling water has been sentenced to between 15 years and life in prison for second-degree murder.

David Viens gave a rambling 45-minute speech during Friday's sentencing in Los Angeles, saying the story he told police about cooking the body was a lie.

He said he was disorientated at the time after having surgery for injuries he suffered when he jumped off a cliff.

The 49-year-old Viens was convicted in September of killing 39-year-old Dawn Viens in 2009. Her body was never found.

In a recorded interrogation presented at trial, Viens said he cooked her body for four days to get rid of evidence. Authorities said he leaped off a cliff after learning he was a suspect in her disappearance.

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