Woman gets 180 day sentence for making bogus 911 call in murder case
BY DAN ROZEK Staff Reporter June 7, 2013 6:40PM
A man, Timothy Smith and a woman, Kimberly Smith from Woodstock were charged in connection with the murder of a man who solicited prostitution services from a Craigslist ad Saturday, the McHenry County Sheriffís office announced Sunday. The victim, 48-year-old Kurt Milliman, solicited prostitution services from a Craigslist advertisement but subsequently an altercation took place and the victim was shot with a handgun, according to a release from the sheriffís office
Updated: July 9, 2013 6:18AM
Kimberly Smith was sentenced Friday to 180 days in jail for making a bogus 911 call claiming her husband had just gunned down a beefy intruder inside their McHenry County home.
The truth, prosecutors said, was much different: Timothy Smith fired the fatal shot after 378-pound Kurt Milliman answered his on-line ad offering a paid sexual encounter with Smith’s then-pregnant wife.
Timothy Smith last month was sentenced to 50 years in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder in the 2011 slaying.
Kimberly Smith, who earlier pleaded guilty to felony disorderly conduct for making the phony 911 call, apologized before she was jailed for trying to cover up the reason for the deadly shooting.
“I am severely sorry. I don’t know what else to say,” Smith said in a soft, halting voice.
Judge Sharon Prather spared Kimberly Smith a prison term but ripped her for the actions she had taken, including initially telling police Milliman was an intruder.
“You’re a 30-year-old woman with three children. It is way past time, ma’am, you get your life in order,” Prather told Smith before she was taken into custody. Prather also placed Smith on probation for two years.
Milliman’s fiancée and his brother both blasted the sentence, saying Kimberly Smith should be held accountable for the death of the 48-year-old tavern owner and one-time McHenry County courthouse security officer.
“This is outrageous and lame,” said Milliman’s fiancée, Karen Pratscher. “The Smith team should spend the rest of their lives in prison.”
Scott Milliman contended Kimberly Smith was as responsible as her husband because neither tried to help his brother after the May 28, 2011 shooting.
“They let my brother lay there and die on the floor,” Scott Milliman said.
Following the shooting, Timothy Smith broke a window in the house and overturned several pieces of furniture to make it appear as if there had been a break-in, prosecutors said during Smith’s trial.
Both Smiths then made separate 911 calls reporting the shooting, prosecutors said.
Kimberly Smith could be released from jail this weekend. Prather ordered her to immediately serve 60 days behind bars, but with credit for time she’s already spent jailed, she could be released Sunday.