Man tries to ransom mother's cat

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According to police in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, 47-year-old Garry Lamar has been extorting money from his own mother by holding her beloved cat for ransom. It started about a year ago, when 78-year-old Mary Lamar Grancher kicked her son out of her home, accusing him of abuse.

After being thrown out of the house, Police Sgt. Daniel Ormond says Lamar began repeatedly threatening to kidnap the cat. He actually only kidnapped the cat once, but made weekly threats, demanding money to ensure the cat's safety. Police don't believe that cat was ever harmed, but Grancher did make payments to her son, totaling more than $20,000 in cash and checks.

"This isn't just a family cat," Ormond said. "She actually called this cat her companion since she lived alone."

Lamar was arrested and released on $200 bail. He has been ordered to stay away from his mother, but I think he deserves a more severe punishment. Perhaps he should be sentenced to spend the rest of his miserable days in a room full of angry cats?

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