Serial Cat Killer Sentenced to 16 Years in Jail

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

Chatman rejected the prosecution's request that Robert Farmer be required to register as a sex offender on the grounds the evidence was not strong enough to conclude he had sexually abused one of the slain animals after it died.

Inside a Santa Clara County courtroom on Friday, victims of the accused cat killer shared their stories of heartbreak before a judge.

Farmer, the son of a retired San Jose Police Department captain, was found the morning of October 8, 2015 at a Home Depot parking lot near Hillsdale and Leigh avenues.

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

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

A San Jose man has been given the maximum sentence for stalking, kidnapping, and killing cats. Police later recovered a backpack that contained a hunting knife and a pair of gloves covered in fur, the paper also reported. This comes after he pleaded guilty to 20 counts of felony animal cruelty, one count of attempted felony animal cruelty, as well as two misdemeanors past year. Chatman noted that Farmer preyed on elderly, trusting cats who were beloved by many in the Cambrian Park neighborhood. Animal rights activists said they're satisfied with the sentencing.

Lab reports also matched Farmer's DNA to DNA found under claw clippings.

A judge read the names of the cats aloud during Farmer's sentencing, and noted that the body of a tabby cat named Go-Go had not yet been found. "Now the only image burned in our minds is GoGo running for his life" on camera as Farmer chased after him. He said Farmer was stuck in a "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde situation". "We are the voice of the voiceless, we are the voice for our animals, and we will not tolerate animal abuse anymore", said San Jose resident Miriam Petrova.

"We finally can say goodbye to every cat that was involved in this tragedy", Petrova said.

"GoGo never hurt anybody", she added, before addressing Farmer directly: "And for you, Robert Farmer-what have you done to GoGo?"

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