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Convicted cat killer sentenced to 16 years in jail

Convicted cat killer sentenced to 16 years in jail

A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge has sentenced a 26-year-old California man to 16 years in prison for killing 21 cats, some of which he lured from people's homes.

He had pleaded guilty to 21 counts of animal cruelty prior to sentencing.

Cats began disappearing in September 2015 with one escaped feline treated by a vet for a "bite that was not an animal bite".

Robert Farmer, 24, of San Jose, was arrested October 8, 2015 in connection with a cat theft and death.

Farmer was originally arrested in 2015 after police found him sleeping in a auto with a dead cat in the center console and blood smears and fur scattered over the inside of the vehicle. "Living in a vehicle with feces, blood, urine, fur, and decomposing cat parts- what a mess", said Wesley Schroder, reading Farmer's statement. But Chatman said Friday that none of the animals were tested for semen - apparently because there was no immediate indication they had been sexually assaulted - and none was found on Farmer's clothing or auto. Farmer won't have to register as a sex offender upon release, which the prosecutor had asked for. "We are the voice of the voiceless, we are the voice for our animals, and we will not tolerate animal abuse anymore", said San Jose resident Miriam Petrova.

"The judge did everything she could possibly do", said Olena Klingman.

"We don't have experts to form an opinion that similar conduct was sexually motivated", Chatman told Ellis.

But the judge ordered him to stay away from cats for 10 years after his release and away from the 95124 Cambrian Park ZIP code area. The defendant did not address the court, but instead wrote a statement that his attorney read on his behalf, blaming the use of meth for what he did.

Animal lovers in the audience were pleased with Chatman's decision, including that she took pains to list every cat by name, from "Does" 1 through 11, to others including Angel, Gogo, Rayden, Thumper, Jupiter, Traveler and Tiger.

"GoGo never hurt anybody", she added, before addressing Farmer directly: "And for you, Robert Farmer-what have you done to GoGo?"

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