Mesa cat thief sentencedPosted: Updated:
MESA, Ariz. -- Scott Graham was sentenced Wednesday to 36 months unsupervised probation, a mental health evaluation, and 30 days house arrest for stealing a cat named Biscuit, who was found dead and mutilated.
The cat's owner, Amy Kalis, suspected Graham killed her cat, something that couldn’t be proven in court due to a lack of evidence.
Animal abuse charges were dropped, instead Graham was found guilty of theft.
"He destroyed the memory of him (Biscuit). Now I have the memory of a horrific image after identifying him of the crime against him," said Kalis. "I still believe he committed this crime against Biscuit, mutilated him and killed him."
Graham admits taking dozens of cats to play with them, but denies hurting the animals.
Several cat owners accused Graham of killing their pets, but in July, Judge Lue Sang found the 39-year-old Mesa resident guilty of theft.
Sang described Biscuit as "priceless" but said six months in jail is not appropriate for this crime, which is not a felony.
Graham was ordered by Sang on Wednesday not to contact Kalis, who wanted Graham jailed.
"We wanted to send a message to people that are doing this to the animals in the neighborhood and all around but pretty much he's going to be doing house arrest so for now that's all we can ask for," said Kalis.
The cat thief apologized to Kalis in court.
When 3TV asked if she can forgive Graham for taking Biscuit, Kalis' husband Robert answered, "A lot of people are sorry when they get caught."
The Kalis family now want law enforcement to keep the bodies of animals as evidence for future serial animal killing cases, something that the couple says didn’t happen in their case.
Along with probation and house arrest, Graham will also have to pay hundreds of dollars in fines.
Graham has 14 days to appeal the judge’s ruling.