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Montana man sentenced for killing and mutilating cats

Posted at 1:28 PM, Oct 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-19 15:31:55-04

BILLINGS — Sean Robinson of Laurel, who admitted to five charges of felony aggravated animal cruelty for killing house cats so "people do not get hurt," was sentenced on Tuesday, October 18, 2022.

Robinson, 35 years old, appeared Tuesday in Yellowstone County District Court where a judge ordered him to spend 10 years in prison for the animal cruelty charges and an additional 10 years for unrelated felony drug charges.

Robinson was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine -- $1,000 for each cat he admitted to killing -- to the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter.

Robinson was charged in June 2021 after authorities served a drug search warrant at his residence and found dead and mutilated cats on the property.

According to court records, Robinson admitted to killing approximately 10 to 12 cats that he stole or was given in the Laurel area between March and June of 2021.

In a police interview, Robinson said the first cat he killed was in about 2007.

Robinson also said that he "has a thing for killing cats," court records state, and that he kills them so "people do not get hurt."

Robinson said two of the cats he killed in 2021 he received from people trying to rehome their pets on Facebook. Others he stole from neighbors or just picked up on the street.

"The evidence collected by investigators in this case showed that the Defendant methodically mutilated several of the deceased cats recovered in this case," prosecutors said in court records.

Robinson is currently being held in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility awaiting transfer to being serving the prison sentence.