Cat Killer Pleads Guilty

Lock up your cats - an alleged serial cat killer is on the prowl after getting a no-jail plea deal.
Sean Lynde, 37, had been charged with murdering five of his girlfriend's cats between October 2008 and January 2009.

Under the terms of a plea deal with the Manhattan District Attorney's office, Lynde, who now lives in Maine, will undergo weekly psychotherapy sessions for a year and must stay from his now ex-girlfriend and her surviving pet, a dog named Sasha.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus signed off on the plea, in which Lynde admitted to killing one of the cats and to violating a court order by harassing his girlfriend online, but said he wasn't happy with the agreement.

"I'm concerned about it, because of the conduct not only towards animals, but towards his ex," Rachael Strate, who was the cats' owner, Obus said.
He added that he was only signing off on the agreement because prosecutors said Strate was "fully on board" with the deal, which spares her from having to testify about her heartbreak in court.

"If not for her desires, this would be hard to accept," Obus said, adding that he and prosecutors would be keeping a close eye on Lynde, and that if he violated the terms of the agreement or gets into any trouble with the law, he could end up in prison for up two years.

"It's very much in your interest to make sure this works out," Obus told the cat killer.

Lynde and his lawyer, Elliot Kay, declined comment afterwards.
Prosecutors said he set off on his sickening spree in October of 2008, after he moved in to Strate's West Side apartment. Three days after he moved in, Lynde's cat Cleo, 15, died from head trauma, including a broken jaw and bleeding eye.

Three weeks later, Lynde brought Zoe, 12, to the vet when she who was unable to stand because of an unknown trauma. She had to be euthanized.

In late November, Strate returned a badly injured cat name Willie to its original owner. Two days later, Lynde brought 3-month-old Betty to a different Upper West Side vet dead, saying she had fallen off a kitchen counter.

Emo, a 2-month-old male, suffered a mysterious broken paw in on Dec. 21 and subsequently vanished. Bonafide, also a 2-month-old male, somehow broke two vertebrae in his neck, slipped into a coma and died.

Lynde pleaded guilty to killing Bonafide, and to a charge of criminal contempt for violating a court order to stay away from Strate. He'd posted a picture of her on Craigslist along with an ad soliciting sex.

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