Robert Roy Farmer of San Jose was sentenced to 16 years in prison for the slaughter of 21 cats in the United States.
Mr. Farmer, 26, pleaded guilty last year to killing the felines, and on Friday he was tried by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Sharon A Chatman.
He was charged with 21 counts of felony animal cruelty, and one count of misdemeanor battery.
The felines started to turn up dead after they mysteriously disappeared from San Jose’s Cambrian Park neighborhood in 2015.
Farmer was discovered sleeping inside his vehicle in a Home Depot parking lot with a dead cat on the center console on Oct 8, 2015.
In the vehicle was also portions of fur, globes and a hunting knife.
Rights group call for life
Local feline rights group ‘Justice For Our Catz’ called for Farmer to be sentenced to life imprisonment.
However, the group said they were pleased with the 16 years, although disappointed the prosecution could not also charge Farmer as a sex offender.
In a Facebook post, the activist group started by some of those whose cats were killed by Farmer said that on Friday they obtained “justice for our babies!”
A post on the page purportedly from a supporter of the movement said this: “As for the cat killer, may everything that he did to the cats and their families return to him a thousand fold, both in prison and beyond. Nothing will go well for him until he makes restitution and feels remorse for his heinous crimes.”
Image 1 from the local detention center. Image 2 from the Justice For Our Catz Facebook Group.