Now this is disgusting! Though BHO might have liked this dude…

by 1389 on February 20, 2012

in 1389 (blog admin), animals, California, crime, dogs, FAIL, Now this is disgusting!, Stupid, Crazy, AND Evil, U.S. law

No, this is not the Caturday post that we missed last week. Instead, it’s a hard-news story of our judicial system gone horribly awry.

The perp has not only harassed his neighbor, but also stolen and killed local pet cats (and evidently the neighbor’s dog as well), and butchered and cooked them for food. He butchered a cat in his own driveway, no less.

Those who abuse animals are dangerous to people as well as to pets. But this is California. The nutcase gets “sentenced” to probation with a recommendation that he get counseling from the county mental health department.

When do the other 49 States get to secede from California?

Cat-eating man avoids more jail time with plea deal

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The suspected cat-eating man will get off with no significant jail time.

Jason Wilmert, 35, was accused of killing and eating cats at his Oildale home. He was arrested Feb. 3 after a neighbor claims she saw him skinning and decapitating a cat in his driveway.

The case  reached public attention Monday, when Eyewitness News received a tip from someone with knowledge of the situation.

During a pretrial hearing Friday in Kern County court, Wilmert pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge described as “animals commonly kept as pets or companions; use as food.” Another misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty, as well as two misdemeanors and an infraction from a prior case filed in 2005, were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Wilmert was sentenced to 30 days in jail with credit for 30 days.  As of Friday night, he was no longer listed in Kern County jails.

Wilmert  was also placed on summary probation for three years, prohibited from owning companion animals during probation, and ordered to receive consultation from the county mental health department.

“I’m upset about it, but I can’t say that I’m surprised,” Jourdan Thompson said when she heard about the plea deal.

Thompson is the next-door neighbor who saw Wilmert on the driveway, skinning a cat with a large knife, and cutting off its head.   She reported that to sheriff deputies, and other neighbors say officers told them evidence was found in the house that Wilmert was eating animals.

The neighbor  living on the other side still finds that hard to believe, but he’s worried about Wilmert’s mental status.  “I hope they’re releasing him to somebody’s supervision,” Steven Poe said.

On Friday, Wilmert’s front gate was left open and the garage doors were raised up.  That was different than conditions earlier in the week.  But, neighbors said they hadn’t noticed anyone at the house.

Eyewitness News tried to call a woman believed to be a relative of Wilmert’s, but that number was disconnected.

Eyewitness News was not allowed to take video of Wilmert during the court hearing, but Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Hidalgo defended the plea deal.

“To some extent, I think naturally there’s a sentiment that goes along with pets and companion animals. People love their pets dearly, and so I think that’s kind of the heightened emotion that we see, because it is a companion animal, and we don’t expect that traditionally to happen,” Hidalgo said. “I think, in light of the defendant’s criminal history, and the actions, and this charge, it was a fair resolution.”

The stay-away order in the terms of probation doesn’t impress Barbara Hays, president of the “Cat People.”

“That sounds good, but it doesn’t happen,” Hays told Eyewitness News.  “There will be cats around this man’s house if he returns to the same neighborhood.”  Hays said there are “community cats” everywhere.

Her group works to help the stray and abandoned cats mostly at Hart Park.

She’s horrified by this case.

“He’ll find a way, it’ll happen again,” Hays said.  And she’s not satisfied that Wilmert was ordered to get counseling from Kern County Mental Health.  “I don’t see a quick fix mental health cure for this person.”

Jourdan Thompson said Wilmert had started harassing her soon after she moved in next door last fall.  She worries he’ll come back.

“I’m assuming he will,” she said.  “It doesn’t seem he has any means to go anywhere else.”  Thompson said Wilmert was often seen walking the streets of the neighborhood, starting in the early morning hours.

“I just sincerely hope that he’ll stay away from me,” she said.  Thompson had hoped Wilmert would face felony charges and a tougher sentence, but she’s resigned about the outcome of the case.

“I understand the limitations of the law, I figured something of that nature was going to happen,” she said.

The court action on Friday also ordered Wilmert back to court in November to check whether he’s completed the terms of his probation.

Still, animal-lover Barbara Hays worries about what happened, and what could happen next.

“I don’t think any cat is safe from this person,” Hays said.  “I think it’s horrific, and I don’t think the punishment is enough.”

Videos here.

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1 K. aka Kel February 22, 2012 at 5:23 am

😈 Oh, good gracious G-D!!!!!!!!!!

LESSON: love your pets and keep them close!!!

2 1389 February 22, 2012 at 9:09 am

According to the story, this isn’t the first time this perp ran afoul of the law for something similar. He’s obviously mentally ill and I think he poses a threat to people as well as to animals. I think he belongs in a psych ward someplace, or at least a halfway house where he would be under very close supervision.

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