Laurel man who killed and mutilated cats sentenced to prison

BILLINGS — A Laurel man who admitted five aggravated animal cruelty charges for killing domestic cats so “people wouldn’t get hurt” has been sentenced to prison.

Sean Robinson, 35, appeared in Yellowstone County District Court on Tuesday where a judge ordered him to serve 10 years in prison on animal cruelty charges and an additional 10 years on unrelated drug charges .

Robinson was also fined $5,000 – $1,000 for every cat he admitted to killing – at the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter.

Robinson was charged in June 2021 after authorities served a drug search warrant at his home and discovered dead and mutilated cats on the property.

According to court records, Robinson admitted to killing approximately 10 to 12 cats he stole or received in the Laurel area between March and June 2021. In a police interview, Robinson said the first cat he he had killed was circa 2007.

Robinson also said he “had a thing for killing cats,” according to court records, and killed them so “people wouldn’t get hurt.”

Robinson said two of the cats he killed in 2021 were received from people looking to rehome their pets on Facebook. Others he stole from neighbors or simply picked up on the street.

“Evidence gathered by investigators in this case showed that the defendant methodically mutilated several of the deceased cats recovered in this case,” prosecutors said in court records.

Robinson is currently being held in the Yellowstone County Detention Center before being transferred to begin serving his prison sentence.