March 22, 2013
Chef David Viens was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison Friday for his wife's murder after telling the judge he was innocent in the bizarre case.
"I didn't cook my wife," Viens, 49, insisted in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The chef was convicted in September of second-degree murder in the 2009 death of Dawn Viens, despite the fact that her body was never found.
David Viens says he has no recollection of giving a bedside statement to investigators that he cooked her in boiling water for days to get rid of evidence.
A recording of the interrogation was played during the trial.
"I loved my wife," said Viens, who uses a wheelchair after suffering injuries from jumping off a cliff when he learned he was a suspect in her disappearance.
He added, "I never meant what happened to happen."
Viens gave varying accounts of how his wife died, from admitting that he accidentally killed her to claiming his wife walked away and never returned.
He spoke for a half-hour at his sentencing, asking for a new trial because his lawyer didn't present enough evidence and should have let him testify.
The judge denied the retrial request.
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