Robert Roy Farmer, 25, was ordered to return to court on March 2, when a sentencing date is expected to be set, reports the San Jose Mercury News.
In October 2015, San Jose police found Farmer asleep in his car, with a dead cat beside him, and was arrested.
He pleaded guilty to 21 felony counts of animal cruelty, one count of misdemeanor battery, and one count of being under the influence.
A necropsy on the orange female tabby cat found in his car determined that the animal died of blunt force trauma and may have been sexually abused.
Farmer’s DNA matched samples found on the cat’s claws, evidence could may require the man to register as a sex offender.
Deputy District Attorney Alexandra Ellis told a crowd gathered outside the courthouse that the sentencing was taking such a long time because “there are so many sentencing laws at play,” the Mercury News reports.
“The people have asked the court to consider 290 registration, which is sex offender registration,” Ellis said.
Farmer is in custody at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas. He faces up to 16 years and four months in prison.
(SF Gate - Jan 29, 2017)
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