‘Austin Powers’ Actor Suspected of Killing Cellmate
A bit actor who appeared in one of the hit “Austin Powers” comedies is suspected of killing his cellmate at a Los Angeles prison while serving a life sentence for rape and torture.
Joseph Hyungmin Son, known to many as the character Random Task, the henchman parodying the character Oddjob from the James Bond films, has been named as a suspect in his cellmate’s murder.
Son’s 50-year-old cellmate was found dead Monday morning at the Wasco State Prison Reception Center in Kern County. The man was serving a two-year prison sentence for parole violation after failing to register as a sex offender.
The victim has yet to be identified because his family has not been informed of his death.
His death is being treated as a homicide, according to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Terry Thornton.
Although the investigation is still ongoing and a cause of death has yet to be determined, Son is considered the main suspect in the case, and any charges will be made after the investigation is completed, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Son was sentenced in September in Orange County for the 1990 gang rape of a then 19-year-old Southern California woman. The woman was walking her dog on Christmas Eve when she was approached by Son and a co-defendant, Santiago Lopez Gaitan. The two drove the woman to Huntington Beach where she was raped and sodomized, according to the Associated Press.
Police collected DNA evidence after the crime but were unable to connect Son to the rape and torture until he pleaded guilty to felony vandalism in 2008 and violated probation.
Gaitan was sentenced to 17 years and four months in state prison after pleading guilty to five felonies.
Aside from his memorable role in 1997's “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,” Son was a mixed martial arts fighter and appeared in several other films throughout the 1990s.