Chef who told police he boiled his wife's body sentenced

Chef Wife's Body Cooked


Defendant David Viens, right, listens as a second degree murder verdict was read in Los Angeles Thurwday Sept. 27, 2012. His attorney Fred McCurry is at left. Viens, a chef, told police he boiled his wife's body for four days to hide evidence of her death.

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

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

He said he was disoriented 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 of 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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