Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Cat killer jailed for 16 years in San Jose, California

Cat killer jailed for 16 years in San Jose, California

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.

Farmer pleaded guilty in October to 20 counts of felony animal cruelty, one count of attempted felony animal cruelty, one count of simple battery and one count of using or being under the influence of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

Thumper, one of the San Jose cats slain by serial cat killer Robert Farmer.

After months of sentencing delays, there were mixed emotions on Friday afternoon as a judge gave a San Jose man the maximum sentence allowed after he admitted to stalking, kidnapping, and killing cats.

Police found chunks of fur, blood, fur-covered gloves and a hunting knife in Farmer's auto.

Farmer was found sleeping in a auto with a dead cat curled up inside the vehicle in October 2015.

'It's so hard to grasp I did this. In an interview past year, Deputy District Attorney Alexandra Ellis said surveillance video helped detectives track the suspect down, "Our hearts go out to the families that were affected by this crime, and we look forward to Mr. Farmer being held accountable for these heinous acts", she said. I stole a member of their family.

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A cat that escaped from his clutches was later treated by a vet for a "bite that was not an animal bite, as well as the bleeding head injury", local resident David Stine said.

GoGo was among the cats who were never found.

"We are disappointed that the judge did not" require Farmer to register as a sex offender, Goodson said, "but we understand her reasoning, though we may not necessarily agree with it".

Prosecutors and owners of the cats alleged that Farmer had sexually abused one of the slain felines, but the judge rejected that argument.

When Farmer is released, he will have to register for probation until the terms of his entire 16-year sentence are satisfied.

She told NBC News: "We finally can say goodbye to every cat that was involved in this tragedy". Conditions of his probation include staying away from Cambrian Park, not owning or caring for any animal for 10 years and undergoing mandatory psychological treatment.

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