A California man who tortured and killed 18 cats was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Friday, and the judge made sure the suspect knew the names of each of the beloved pets he took from families.
NBC Bay Area reports that judge read the names of the pets aloud during Robert Farmer’s sentencing, who pleaded guilty to killing 18 cats and wounding three more, around the San Jose Cambrian Park area. Each cat killed by Farmer had a name, and he was forced to listen to each name being called out, including a cat name “Go-Go,” who still hasn’t been found.
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Go-Go’s owner, Miriam Petrova, attended the Friday and took to Facebook to express her gratitude for justice served.
“Finally, today after almost two years and 15 hearings we got a justice for our babies!!!”
Farmer was caught after a residential surveillance camera captured him abducting a cat. On October 8, 2015, authorities found a dead cat inside Farmer’s car, along with chunks of cat blood, fur, and gloves coated in blood and fur.
A necropsy revealed that the cat died from blunt force trauma and may have been sexually abused. The cat’s owner, Myriam Martinez, said her pet was “Thumper,” and she hoped that Parker would have to register as a sex offender. Martinez’s daughter stood up in court on Friday and read a message to Farmer from her mother.
“Time after time I have played in my head what you did to Thumper and all of the other animals — you beat them, you tortured them and then when they were dead, you sexually abused them. Tell me, what kind of a monster does this?”
After Farmer serves his time, he’ll must stay away from pets for 10 years. He’s also required to stay 100 feet away from the Cambrian Park neighborhood, where the cat abductions occurred.
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[Feature Photo: Elmwood Correctional Facility]