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Man Who Scalped Girlfriend Gets Life in Prison

September 29, 1996 GMT

FREMONT, Calif. (AP) _ A man who scalped his girlfriend with a kitchen knife was sentenced to life in prison.

Frankie Vanloock, 33, allegedly had tried once before to scalp her but was foiled by a dull blade.

``It is appropriate for what he did,″ prosecutor Kamala Harris said of the sentence on Friday. ``The manner in which this crime was committed was incredibly sadistic.″

Surgeons have tried unsuccessfully three times to reattach a piece of Monica Meyer-Harnisch’s scalp about the size of a hand.

After drinking rum and taking methamphetamines, he accused her of thinking about an old boyfriend and attacked her after she asked if he was gay, prosecutors said.

Vanloock was convicted Aug. 30 of aggravated mayhem, torture and misdemeanor assault in the September 1995 attack in Fremont, southeast of San Francisco.

Vanloock, who will become eligible for parole in 12 years, is appealing. His attorney, Walter Cannady, said the crime was drug- and alcohol-induced.