Joe Son

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Joseph Hyungmin Son
Joe Son mugshot.jpg
Born (1970-11-22) November 22, 1970 (age 43)
South Korea
Criminal penalty
Life in prison without parole
Criminal status
Incarcerated in California State Prison, Corcoran
Conviction(s) Torture

Joe Son (Korean: 손형민) born Joseph Hyungmin Son (born November 22, 1970) is a South Korean mixed martial arts fighter and manager, actor, and convicted felon. He is currently serving life without the possibility of parole for rape and torture, and will stand trial for murder.

Early life[edit]

Son was born in South Korea. He moved to California at an early age.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Joseph Hyungmin Son
Born (1970-11-22) November 22, 1970 (age 43)
South Korea
Other names Joe Son
Nationality South Korean
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight 236 lb (107 kg; 16.9 st)
Division Heavyweight
Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Mixed martial arts record
Total 4
Losses 4
By knockout 1
By submission 3
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Son Hyungmin
Hangul 손형민
Revised Romanization Son Hyeong-min
McCune–Reischauer Son Hyǒng-min

Son was a mixed martial arts fighter and retired with a record of 0–4.[2] Son was also a professional wrestler in Japan for a short time.[3] He appeared at UFC 3 as the manager of MMA fighter Kimo Leopoldo and competed himself in UFC 4.

Acting career[edit]

Son is best known for his role in the 1997 blockbuster movie, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, as Random Task, a parody of the James Bond character Oddjob.[4] Son has also appeared in several other movies, including the first two Shootfighter-films, Bloodfist V: Human Target,[3] and a leading part as the main villain in the Lorenzo Lamas-actioner, Viper (aka Bad Blood) from 1994.

Criminal convictions[edit]

Son pleaded guilty to felony vandalism in 2008 and was placed on probation. As a condition of his plea agreement, Son was required to provide a DNA sample. In 2008, the DNA sample was linked to a 1990 gang rape. Already in custody for a probation violation, Son was arrested at the Theo Lacy facility on October 7, 2008.[5]

In October 2008, Son was charged by California authorities in relation to his participation in a 1990 gang rape. He was initially charged in Orange County, California, with five counts of rape, two felony counts of forcible sodomy, two felony counts of sodomy in concert by force, seven felony counts of forcible oral copulation, and one felony count of sexual penetration by foreign object by force. He faced a maximum sentence of 275 years to life if convicted.[2][6]

Son and an accomplice tortured and repeatedly raped the victim before releasing her with her pants tied around her eyes. During the trial the woman said Son told her: 'It's Christmas. This is your lucky day.'

Before jury selection began for his trial in early August 2011, the initial charges against Son were dropped having expired due to the statute of limitations. Son was then charged with conspiracy to commit torture and murder, crimes which have no statute of limitations.[7] In late August, Son was found guilty of one felony count of torture.

During the trial, the Orange County District Attorney's Office maintained that both Son and his co-defendant, Santiago Lopez Gaitan, pistol-whipped their female victim, threatened to kill her repeatedly, and raped her before finally releasing her. His co-defendant in the case Santiago Gaitan, 40, pleaded guilty to rape, kidnapping and other charges, and was sentenced to 17 years and four months in prison.[8] In September 2011, Son was sentenced life in prison without parole.[9]

In October 2011, Son was accused of killing his cellmate, Charles Graham, a convicted sex offender;[10][11][12] he has been charged with first degree murder. The murder happened on October 10, 2011, on "B" Yard Reception, building 5. On September 13, 2013, Son was officially charged with Graham's murder.

Joseph Hyungmin Son, CDCR # AI7266, is currently housed in California State Prison, Corcoran.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–4 Jukei Nakajima TKO (shoulder injury) Pride The Best Vol.2 July 20, 2002 1 0:54 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 0–3 Joe Moreira Submission (terror) Xtreme Pankration 2 April 12, 2002 1 N/A Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 0–2 Yusuke Imamura Submission (elbow injury) Pride The Best Vol.1 February 22, 2002 1 0:33 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 0–1 Keith Hackney Submission (Choke) UFC 4 December 16, 1994 1 2:44 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

Kickboxing record[edit]

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–1 Japan Nobuaki Kakuda KO (Punch) K-3 Grand Prix '95 July 16, 1995 1 1:40 Japan Nagoya Japan [13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Joe Son". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  2. ^ a b Child, Ben (October 10, 2008). "Austin Powers Henchman faces life in prison". London: Retrieved March 18, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "The MMA Mental Hall of Fame: Joe Son a.k.a. Random Task". 2009-01-17. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  4. ^ Liddy, Tom (2008-10-10). ""Austin" Actor in Rape Bust". New York Post. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  5. ^ "'Actor Sentence to Life in Prison for 1990 Christmas Eve Gang Rape of Woman who was Walking Her Dog'". Orange County District Attorney Press Release. September 9, 2011. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ "'Austin Powers' Actor Charged in Unsolved Gang Rape". October 10, 2008. Retrieved March 18, 2009. 
  7. ^ Welborn, Larry (August 16, 2011). "'Austin Powers' actor on trial in rape case". The Orange County Register. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ "'Actor Sentence to Life in Prison for 1990 Christmas Eve Gang Rape of Woman who was Walking Her Dog'". Orange County District Attorney Press Release. September 9, 2011. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  9. ^ Austin Powers Actor Convicted of Torture in Horrific Christmas Eve Rape - 21 Years After Heinous Crime - E! Online
  10. ^ Jailed Austin Powers actor and MMA fighter pleads not guilty to killing cellmate 'with combination of kicks and blows', The Daily Mail
  11. ^ "Joe Son Suspected in California Inmate’s Death". October 11, 2011. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
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