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Maximum Sentence's for Craigs list Cat Killer Alex Phelps

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Alex Phelps, 24-year old from Shepherdsville (Kentucky), was arrested on December 31 2010 for 4 counts of torture of a cat. He later confessed to stabbing and killing four cats using a sharp knife. He had adopted the cats using the online service - Craigslist.

In all Phelps, of Pioneer Village, is charged with seven felony counts of torturing cats resulting in serious physical injury or death.

A total for 7 cats have been found in the area - two dead bodies of cats were found behind Phelps' home, 3 cats tortured to death in southern Jefferson County and 2 mutilated cats behind a Kroger in early December in Bullitt County.

Louisville Police arrested Alex Phelps, 24, on Dec. 30, after a tip line call led investigators to the Bullitt County man. Police have found three cats tortured to death in southern Jefferson County over the past couple of months. Bullitt County police also discovered two mutilated cats behind a Kroger in early December. Police say Phelps confessed to stabbing and killing the animals using a sharp knife.

Jefferson District Judge Donald Armstrong entered a plea of not guilty for Alex Phelps and placed his bond at $50,000 and ordered him not to have contact with any animals.

Alex got these cats using Craigslist - as people come forward with their stories. He got "Copper" and "Carrot" from Jason Knopp, "Weezer" from Samantha Caple and three rescued cats from Jennifer Chappell - all using Craigslist and posing as a genuine cat lover.
Jason Knopp said he gave his cats -Copper and Carrot -to Phelps. Knopp said he needed to find his cats a home. He said one reason was because family members had allergies. Knopp had owned the cats for four years, after he rescued them from a shelter in Indiana. He said he met Phelps in November.

"He knew all the right things to say. He said he volunteered for the Humane Society, fostering cats half of the year," Knopp said.

Knopp's said when he handed over his cats to a soft-spoken Phelps, he considered him the best available option. "It's still going to be hard to deal with ...I still feel guilty myself," Knopp said.

Knopp's said he kept in contact with Phelps, asking about Copper and Carrot, hoping he'd get to see them again, but said Phelps wasn't open to that. Looking over their emails, Knopp's said nothing stood out.

"Even now just to look at these things, it just sounds like somebody whose really wanting to help somebody {give them homes}," Knopp's said.

Now Knopp's is left with pictures, wondering what became of their future.

WAVE 3 was also contacted by Samantha Caple. Caple said she has known Phelps since 2005.

"He made me feel comfortable enough to hand her over and I just ...he really was convincing. That's the scariest part about it," Caple said.

Caple said she gave Phelps 'Weezer' about 3 weeks ago. She had the cat for a few months. She said Weezer was a stray she helped bring back to health. After hearing Phelps had been arrested, it left her questioning everything.
"I just want to know what happened to her," Knopp said.

Phelps served 10 months in jail before Burress allowed him to get out on bond and enter the home-incarceration program. Burress has since allowed him off home incarceration, meaning he is free on his own recognizance.
The trial has been postponed until Sept. 18, by Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress.




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