Chef gets 15 years jail for killing and cooking his wifeBy Mason White 6:14 PM March 24, 2013
By: Sarah Weiss
(Scroll down for video) A chef was arrested, charged and convicted of killing and slow cooking his wife, according to court proceedings in Los Angeles, California.
Now, David Viens, the chef who told authorities he accidentally killed his wife and cooked her body in order to get rid of it, was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison, last week.
Viens was convicted last year of second-degree murder for the death of his wife, Dawn.
“I loved my wife. I did not cook my wife,” Viens said before sentencing.
In a sentencing memorandum, prosecutors called Viens a liar and a manipulator, and said he had a history of drug-related crimes before the killing of his wife.
In October 2009, 39-year-old Dawn Viens disappeared. Her body was never found. Prosecutors suggested it was because Viens wanted to hide how he killed his wife.
Shortly after his wife disappeared, David Viens began dating a waitress, 23, who worked at local cafe. He told friends and police that his wife had run away. He also sent text fake messages from the phone of his wife, to her friends, prosecutors said, one which said she was in Florida.
After trying to commit suicide, once police began zeroing in on Viens he made a dramatic recorded confession to investigators.
Viens said he duct taped his wife’s mouth and tied her hands and feet, as he had done at least twice before. Viens then fell asleep. When he woke up she was dead.
According to his then defense attorney, Fred McCurry, Viens sensed that no one would believe that the death was an accident, so the cook threw his wife’s body in a trash bin at the restaurant.
This version matched what Viens told his daughter and his former girlfriend, who testified at the trial. But in a second interview, Viens gave them a much nastier version of what happened to his wife.
“I cooked her for four days,” he said. He threw what was left in the trash.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view