Transient man gets 2 years for skinning, eating cat

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A transient man who was arrested after skinning and eating a cat will be spending a couple of years behind bars.

On Thursday, Russell Christopher Hofstad, 25, was sentenced to two years in prison and four years probation upon release.

Hofstad was arrested back in January after the owners of a Phoenix warehouse heard music blaring from their building.

Police responded and found Hofstad inside the building with his face painted and a cat’s tail and intestines around his neck.

Hofstad admitted to officers that he had killed the cat because he was hungry. He also said he planned to use the cat’s skeleton as party decorations.

Police said that Hofstad wanted to camp in the warehouse because he had attended music events there.

In late July, Hofstad pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and cruelty to animals.