Serial cat killer sentenced in California

A cat slaughterer within California was sentenced Fri to a maximum jail term associated with 16 years in jail, yet avoided having to register as a sexual intercourse offender.

Robert Farmer, 26, pleaded guilty in October to twenty one felony counts of animal rudeness including stealing, torturing and dismembering several treasured felines in the southern San Jose neighborhood of Cambrian Park. Police say Farmer killed at least 16 cats, but just four of their remains have been discovered two of which were uncovered within trash bins.

The rapid disappearance from the pets in the fall of 2015 caused great anxiety in the north California community, prompting owners to maintain their outdoor felines enclosed within. Several of the pet owners issued psychological pleas during the court hearing, that was packed with animal rights activists plus community locals donning purple laces and ribbons with white cat paws.

Prosecutors plus owners of the victimized cats furthermore claimed that Farmer had physically abused at least one of the cats this individual killed, but Santa Clara Region Superior Court Judge Sharon Chatman dismissed the argument based on an absence of immediate evidence.

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Farmers attorney, Wesley Schroeder, asserted that his client suffered from the long-running meth addiction which performed as an accelerant to his psychological health deterioration, and that the countys probation officer had suggested the nine-year prison term. However , Chatman did impose the most stringent word possible 16 years behind pubs despite the countys probation officer suggesting only a nine-year term.

Given that Farmer is just not required to register as a sex culprit, he will serve his sentence along with two years credit for time currently served in county jail instead of federal prison. After release, that could be in as little as four-and-a-half years, Character will have to register for probation until the the full 16-year sentence are satisfied. He will not be allowed to own or even care for any animal for ten years and was given a restriction order to remain away from the Cambrian Park region in addition to undergoing court-ordered psychological therapy.

Character was arrested in Oct after authorities discovered him sleeping in his car, with a dead kitty in the center console and encircled by wads of fur. The situation was immediately taken up by quite a few activists demanding a harsh word for the perpetrator, sparking a widely-circulated petition, frequent calls to the region attorneys office and the creation of the Facebook group entitled Justice for our Catz .

Finally, today, after almost 2 yrs and 15 hearings we obtained a justice for our babies. These days was very long and emotionally stressful day. We can’t thank you sufficient for all your help and support, possibly by attending court or through electronic communication, one of the owners of the slain cat, Miriam Petrova, had written. You have shown that our pets aren’t things, but loving family members who may have feelings and have a soul and so they deserve justice. On their behalf, we want to thanks to being the voices for our voiceless animals.