January 10, 2011 by Post Team
Timothy Arie Kooyman, 26, received the maximum sentence for three counts of animal cruelty after animal welfare advocates apparently impressed Riverside Superior Court Judge John Davis to the extent of his crimes.
“This is a significant sentence for someone who has been in state prison for the first time,” said Davis, who called Kooyman actions “appalling.”
The leaders of animal rights groups at the sentencing asked the judge to impose a long sentence and had harsh words for Kooyman.
“I can say I’ve seen the worst of the worst, and you’re in the top three,” Lori Curran, a member of the Animal Rescue Foundation, which works as a homicide detective, said Kooyman.
Davis added 32 months to a sentence of five years Kooyman was already serving a sentence for animal cruelty earlier.
During the trial Kooyman, a detective San Bernardino County sheriff testified that he learned about animal torture, murder in Corona after the arrest of the accused for killing four cats in Rancho Cucamonga.
Cpl. Daniel Alonzo said that during May 1, 2008 interview, Kooyman said he used the food to draw a banner, a black and white tabby and a Siamese Corona his motel room, and he boasted of snapping legs calico and run over with his van.
Daniel testified that Kooyman went crazy when the black and white cat “would not be love” and “used an ax to knock the cat twice in the stomach, later, decapitated.
Daniel said that “no particular reason,” Kooyman filled a plastic container filled with water and locked from the inside Siamese, trying in vain to drown. He eventually used a knife to kill the cat.
Deputy District Attorney Sharunne Foster cited the vulgarity of these crimes when they implored Davis to impose a higher penalty term.
“This is someone who has found great pleasure in torturing animals and watching them suffer,” said Foster. “This is the worst possible scenario of cruelty to animals.”
Davis denied his request
A prison sentence of 44 months, which would have involved replacing the court’s decision of County of San Bernardino but has said something that was agreeable to those close at hand.
Defense counsel implored Diallo Souleymane Davis to avoid a higher penalty term because the conviction in San Bernardino was the first record on Kooyman.
Kooyman barely looked at the four activists turned to him and instead stared straight ahead throughout the hearing.
Foster said at a meeting in the judge’s chambers before the hearing, Davis said he Kooyman sentence to two years in prison. She attributes the increased penalty to the display of emotion and concern given by the speakers.
The speakers, including several from the Bay Area, were happy to give a passionate voice for animal victims.
“It seemed like it had an impact,” said Anne Feingold, director of the Urban Cat Project. “It was worth it to take time off work and spend money.”
Curran had the worst words to Kooyman.
Based on his detective work, she told the court a story in which a man was found to have tortured a dog later, tortured and murdered a teenager.
“Although the facts are different, the pattern of behavior that leads to homicide are eerily similar,” said Curran.
Kooyman was convicted in May 2009 for five years in prison for arson and animal cruelty in a case in San Bernardino County. With good time credit, he was to be published next month.
The new sentence wills Kooyman behind bars for at least two more years. It also gave him two strikes, meaning that if convicted of a crime parties, he could be sentenced to 25 years to life behind bars.
“It is among the worst I’ve seen,” Leroy Moyer, president of Voice for Pets, “said City News Service. “There is a Jeffrey Dahmer-type, a sadistic sociopath. His thirst for domination does not end until he finally kills a human being, probably a helpless child.”
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