Man who tortured, murdered 18 cats sentenced to 16 years in jail


A man was sentenced to 16 years in jail Friday after pleading guilty to stealing, torturing and murdering more than a dozen cats in California.

All 18 cats killed by San-Jose resident Robert Farmer had their names read aloud in court by a judge, who also noted the missing body of a tabby cat named Go-Go.

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Miriam Petrova, Go-Go's owner, told a local NBC affiliate that Farmer's sentencing provided closure for her and other residents whose cats were Farmer's victims.

"We finally can say goodbye to every cat that was involved in this tragedy," Petrova told the outlet. "That's finally saying goodbye to them."

Farmer pleaded guilty to torturing 21 cats in total -- of which 18 were killed -- back in 2015, and one of the abductions was caught on camera, according to NBC.

The outlet also reported that one of Farmer's victims died of blunt-force trauma and may also have been sexually abused, a necropsy revealed.

"The judge agreed with my analysis," Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Alexandra Ellis said. "She sentenced him to 16 years, we can only hope it is long enough."

As part of Farmer's sentencing, he will not be allowed within 100 yards of the Cambrian Park neighborhood.

He is also not permitted to own a pet for 10 years following his release.