SANTA ANA (CNS) - A man who cut out his girlfriend's tongue and
let her bleed to death has been given a life sentence without chance of parole.
The Orange County judge who sentenced Frank Mallory on Friday
called it an unjustified and "extraordinarily brutal murder."
Prosecutors said the 50-year-old longshoreman attacked Patricia
Dunthorne three years ago at the La Palma home they shared. Police
found Dunthorne's decomposed body in the garage weeks after her
At his trial, Mallory denied killing Dunthorne or cutting out her tongue.
In February, a jury convicted him of first-degree murder with a special circumstance of torture.
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