In a landmark ruling, a Rancho Cucamonga, California, man was sentenced to seven years and eight months behind bars for mutilating and torturing several cats. Timothy Arie Kooyman, who was already serving five years in prison for torturing cats, had nearly three years added to his sentence after he was found guilty of luring several cats to his Corona, California, motel room, where he broke each of their legs before decapitating one with an ax, running over another with his truck, and killing a third by repeatedly slicing her with razor blades.
Police Sgt. Lori Curran spoke at the sentencing hearing, saying that she feared Kooyman would soon move on to human victims, as animal abusers often do. She said Kooyman was one of the worst people she has ever encountered and told him, "You are a coward and you deserve to rot in hell." The judge agreed, calling Kooyman's crimes "mind-boggling." This is Kooyman's second felony conviction, so if he ever attempts to harm another animal, he will go away for 25 years under California's "three strikes" law.
Thanks to this no-nonsense judge, the residents of Rancho Cucamonga and Corona can rest a little easier knowing that a violent criminal is going to be safely behind bars for the next seven and a half years.
Written by Michelle Sherrow