Inside a Santa Clara County courtroom on Friday, victims of the accused cat killer shared their stories of heartbreak before a judge.
Chatman rejected the prosecution's request that Robert Farmer be required to register as a sex offender on the grounds the evidence was not strong enough to conclude he had sexually abused one of the slain animals after it died.
Residents tipped off police after seeing CCTV showing Farmer crouching in a driveway before scooping up one elderly tabby and running off with him.
Video footage from Miriam Petrova's security camera later that week showed a young man grabbing a 17-year-old orange tabby cat named GoGo from Petrova's front porch.
Feline slayer Farmer said it was "so hard to grasp" the fact he did these horrific crimes. Prosecutors say he tortured and killed as many as 16 cats in the Cambrian Park neighborhood over a two-month period in the fall of 2015.
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Dr. Sharon Ostermann, a veterinarian for San Jose Animal Care and Services, testified in a pre-sentencing hearing that "Tabby Doe" turned out to have injuries consistent with post-mortem sexual assault. I stole a member of their family. They also found a backpack with fur-covered gloves and a hunting knife.
But the judge declined that request.
"We don't have experts to form an opinion that similar conduct was sexually motivated", Chatman told Ellis. He also must undergo psychological treatment, including taking any psychotropic drugs that are prescribed, as well as stay 100 yards away from the Cambrian Park area; specifically zip code 95124. The defendant did not address the court, but instead wrote a statement that his attorney read on his behalf, blaming the use of meth for what he did.
"It's still painful to come home knowing GoGo isn't waiting for us", she added.
"When I spoke up to (Farmer), I felt relieved", she said.