Transient man pleads guilty to skinning, eating cat

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Maricopa County prosecutors say 24-year-old Russell Christopher Hofstad pleaded guilty Wednesday to burglary and cruelty to animals. He's scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 29. By Andrew Michalscheck Maricopa County prosecutors say 24-year-old Russell Christopher Hofstad pleaded guilty Wednesday to burglary and cruelty to animals. He's scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 29. By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX (AP) -- A transient accused of skinning and eating a cat while camping inside a Phoenix warehouse and music venue has pleaded guilty in the case.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 24-year-old Russell Christopher Hofstad pleaded guilty Wednesday to burglary and cruelty to animals. He's scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 29.

Authorities say the building's owners reported a burglary on Jan. 18 after they opened the warehouse and heard blaring music.

Police found Hofstad inside with his face painted and the cat's tail and intestines around his neck.

Hofstad told police he killed the cat because he was hungry. He also said he was going to use its skeleton as party decorations.

Police say Hofstad also told them that he decided to camp in the building because he had attended events there.