Cat killer jailed for 16 years in San Jose, California

Cat killer who lured pets from people's homes is jailed for 16 years

Farmer won't have to register as a sex offender upon release, which the prosecutor had asked for.

San Jose police found an orange tabby dead in the vehicle, along with cat collars, fur, and bloodstains. Schroeder contested the prosecution's argument that the cat was sexually abused.

Feline slayer Farmer said it was "so hard to grasp" the fact he did these horrific crimes. As more and more cats disappeared, pet owners were forced to keep their outdoor pets inside. Many in the audience cried as owners read victim-impact statements.

"Robert Farmer is a monster", Petrova said. "Please send a strong and clear message that this community will not tolerate any animal abuse".

Farmer was originally charged with three felony counts of animal cruelty, one count of attempted animal cruelty, and one misdemeanor count each of battery and being under the influence.

"Finally, today after nearly two years and 15 hearings we got a justice for our babies!" she wrote on Facebook.

"GoGo never hurt anybody", she added, before addressing Farmer directly: "And for you, Robert Farmer-what have you done to GoGo?" The judge also ordered him to stay away from San Jose's Cambrian neighborhood, where he was arrested in 2015 after surveillance footage showed him trying to round up cats. "We need to make sure he doesn't do that for as long as possible".

Additionally, he will not be permitted to own are care for a pet for 10 years after his release from jail. Other conditions include mandatory drug testing.

In October 2015, authorities found Farmer inside his auto with a dead cat on the center console. DNA tests linked Farmer to all 21 cats that were killed.

At the time, resident David Stine said one cat escaped and was later treated by a veterinarian for a "bite that was not an animal bite, as well as the bleeding head injury".

Inside a Santa Clara County courtroom on Friday, victims of the accused cat killer shared their stories of heartbreak before a judge. Ellis also argued Friday that Farmer presented a "phenomenal risk" of re-offending.

She told NBC News: "We finally can say goodbye to every cat that was involved in this tragedy".

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

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