California cat killer gets 16 years in jail

California cat killer gets 16 years in jail

A man has been handed a 16 year jail term for killing 21 cats in California. He also faced an allegation of sexually abusing a dead cat.

Robert Roy Farmer, 26, was sentenced at Santa Clara County Superior Court, Friday, after pleading guilty last year to 21 felony counts of animal cruelty and one count each of misdemeanor battery and being under the influence.

The cats began vanishing from San Jose’s Cambrian Park neighborhood in September 2015 and were later found dead, according to the Mercury News.

That month, police received home surveillance footage of a white man luring a cat from its owner’s residence before grabbing the feline and running away. The footage prompted police to carry out “follow up investigations” into the pet’s abduction.

On October 8 2015, Farmer, the son of a retired San Jose Police Department captain, was found sleeping inside his car at a Home Depot parking lot. Police searched the car and found a dead cat “concealed within the vehicle”, according to a statement on Farmer’s arrest.

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