Chef Tells Judge: 'I Didn't Cook My Wife'
03/22/2013 AT 03:30 PM EDT
"I didn't cook my wife," David Viens, 49, insisted at his sentencing in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The chef was convicted in September of second-degree murder in the 2009 death of Dawn Viens, whose body was never found.
Viens told the court he has no recollection of giving a hospital-bedside statement to investigators that he cooked her body in boiling water for four 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.
He added, "I never meant what happened to happen."
Viens gave varying accounts of how his wife died, according to witnesses at the trial – 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, protesting that he deserved a retrial because his defense attorney did not present enough evidence and should have allowed him to testify. The judge denied the retrial request.