updated 2/26/2009 6:56:07 PM ET 2009-02-26T23:56:07

A homeless man already charged with soaking live cats in gas and torching them in California is now accused with using scissors to lop off feline tails.

Timothy Kooyman was ordered to trial in May on four felony animal cruelty charges. Last week, San Bernardino County prosecutors amended the charges to include using scissors as a deadly weapon.

Kooyman has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison. It was not known if he had a lawyer.

The 25-year-old Kooyman lured stray cats, then broke their legs and cut off their tails with scissors, prosecutors said. Last May, Kooyman allegedly set a live cat ablaze and started a brush blaze.

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