​For release on October 4, 2016   CONTACT: Alexandra Ellis, Deputy District Attorney (408) 792-2757   SOUTH BAY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO 21 COUNTS OF FELONY ANIMAL CRUELTY   A 25-year-old South Bay man pleaded guilty today to killing and injuring more than 20 cats that he stole from the streets of a quiet residential San Jose neighborhood.   The sentencing for Robert Farmer for 21 counts of felony animal cruelty has not yet been scheduled. He faces more than 16 years in prison. The next court date for receipt of reports will be on December 8, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in department 39.   "As this sad case comes to a close, our thoughts are with the families who lost their beloved pets," prosecutor Alexandra Ellis said. "We intend to hold Mr. Farmer accountable for his perverse and violent acts.”   Over two months last fall, Farmer abducted the cats from the Cambrian Park neighborhood. He was arrested on October 8, 2015, as he slept in his car. San Jose police found an unidentified orange tabby dead in the car, along with some cat collars.   Investigation believe he may have killed up to 16 cats. Only four bodies were found.   # # #

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