A cat slaughterer in California was sentenced Friday to a maximum prison term of 16 years in prison, but avoided having to register as a sex offender.
Robert Farmer, 26, pleaded guilty in October to 21 felony counts of animal cruelty including stealing, torturing and dismembering several valued felines from the south San Jose area of Cambrian Park. Police say Farmer murdered at 16 cats, however just four of their remains have been found a few of which were found in trash bins.
The rapid disappearance of their pets in the autumn of 2015 caused great anxiety from the northern California community, prompting owners to keep their outdoor felines enclosed inside. A number of the pet owners issued psychological pleas through the court hearing, which was packed with animal rights activists and community locals sew purple ribbons with white cat paws.
Prosecutors and owners of the victimized cats claimed that Farmer had mistreated at least among those cats that he killed, but Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Sharon Chatman dismissed the argument based on a lack of immediate evidence.
Farmers lawyer, Wesley Schroeder, claimed his client suffered by a long-running meth dependence which functioned as an accelerant for his psychological health deterioration, which the countys custody officer had proposed a nine-year prison term. But, Chatman failed to impose the toughest sentence potential 16 years behind bars despite the countys probation officer recommending just a nine-year term.
Given that Farmer is not required to register as a sex offender, he’ll serve his sentence with two years credit for time served in county jail as opposed to federal prison. After launch, which could be in as little as four-and-a-half decades, Farmer might have to register for probation until the details of the full 16-year sentence are all fulfilled. He won’t be permitted to have or care for any animal for 10 years and was given a restriction order to steer clear of the Cambrian Park area as well as getting court-ordered psychological therapy.
Farmer has been arrested in October after authorities discovered him sleeping in his car, using a dead cat in the center console and also surrounded by wads of fur. The matter was immediately consumed by scores of activists demanding a harsh sentence for the perpetrator, igniting a widely-circulated petition, frequent calls to the district attorneys office and also the development of a Facebook group qualified Justice for our Catz.
Finally, now, after nearly two decades and 15 hearings we got a justice for our babies. Today was very lengthy and emotionally exhausting day. We can’t thank you enough for all your help and support, possibly by attending court or through digital communication, among the proprietors of a slain cat, Miriam Petrova, composed. You have proven that our pets are not things, but loving family members who have feelings and have a soul and they deserve justice. On their behalf, we want to thank you for being the voices to get our voiceless creatures.
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