In a despicable chain of heartless animal cruelty acts, a San Jose, California man who pleaded guilty to torturing and killing 18 cats, was sentenced on Friday to 16 years in the county jail. Robert R. Farmer, 25, the son of a retired San Jose police captain, lured the cats to him from a quiet residential neighborhood. Investigators said Farmer stole the cats from Cambrian Park over a two month period in the fall of 2015. Surveillance video captured Farmer in one act as he chased and picked up Go-Go, a 17-year-old cat, he stole from his owner’s front yard. The video lead police to him. He was finally arrested after police found him asleep in a car where the lifeless body of an orange tabby cat was found. Police also found several cat collars in Farmer’s possession.
According to the Mercury News, the name of every cat killed by Farmer was read aloud by the judge, to remind Farmer of the terrible crimes he committed against innocent animals and pets that had been loved by their families.
“Robert Farmer is a monster who has no mercy and who victimized the most innocent member of our family,” stated Miriam Petrova in court on Friday. “Please send a strong and clear message that this community will not tolerate any animal abuse.”
It was Miriam’s cat “Gogo” who had been one of Farmer’s victims. A necropsy of the cats determined many had died as a result of blunt force trauma while many of the cats had been sexually abused, however there was insufficient evidence that Farmer had sexually abused the animal. He will not have to register as a sex offender.
Farmer’s defense attorney told the court his client had been on a methamphetamine “frenzy” as well as having written a letter stating he would never do anything as heinous as these crimes again. The judge rejected the claims and sentenced Farmer to the maximum punishment. Farmer will not be allowed within 100 yards of the Cambrian Park neighborhood where he stole and killed the pets when released from jail, will not be permitted to own or care for any pets for ten years and must undergo psychiatric treatment.
Rest in peace all of the pets brutally murdered.
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(Photo of Farmer sentenced to 16 years in jail via NBC Bay News)
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