Police captain’s son sentenced for sickening cat-killing spree

The son of a California police captain was sentenced to 16 years in prison for killing 21 cats — including one that he sexually abused.

Robert Roy Farmer, 26, pleaded guilty last year to 21 felony counts of animal cruelty and other charges in connection to a mass felinicide that terrorized the Cambrian Park neighborhood in San Jose beginning in September 2015, the Mercury News reports.

Investigators were initially tipped off to the cat killings after a man was spotted trying to lure two cats in a backpack. One of those animals escaped and was later treated by a veterinarian for what was “not an animal bite,” as well as a head injury that caused bleeding, resident David Stine said at the time.

Other cats were later found dead, including two discovered in a Dumpster, and another found wrapped in plastic inside a shoebox with its collar missing and rocks placed atop the lid.

Farmer was caught after a surveillance camera captured him grabbing a 17-year-old orange tabby named GoGo from a woman’s front porch. The cat was never recovered.

Farmer, whose father worked as a San Jose Police Department captain, was arrested in October 2015 as he slept inside his car at a Home Depot parking lot. Inside his car, police found a dead cat curled up in the center console, with chunks of fur and blood covering the car’s interior. Police also found a pair of fur-covered gloves and a hunting knife, the newspaper reports.

A necropsy report later found signs of sexual abuse on the animal found inside Farmer’s car, including dilated genitals. Farmer’s attorney, Wesley Schroeder, disputed a prosecutor’s claim that the cat was sexually abused, arguing that “doing something to the body in that area doesn’t necessarily indicate sexual motivation,” he told a judge.

Torture and methamphetamine use were other possible reasons for the molestation, Schroeder argued, but Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Sharon Chatman disagreed.

“You can’t torture a dead cat,”…

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