Husband pimping wife sentenced to 50 years for killing customer
Booking photo of Timothy Smith (McHenry County Sheriff's office / May 22, 2013)
Tim Smith, 28, of rural Woodstock, had placed ads online soliciting sex with his wife, Kim Smith. In February, a jury convicted Tim Smith of the first-degree murder of Kurt Milliman, 48, of Prairie Grove, owner of the Dirty Hog Saloon in Island Lake and a former employee of the McHenry County Sheriff’s office.
Authorities say Tim Smith was hiding when Milliman arrived at the couple’s home. An argument between Milliman and Kim Smith ended the sexual encounter, and Tim Smith emerged and shot Milliman in the back, officials said.
“Words are all I have,” Tim Smith said in court today, addressing Milliman’s relatives. “I pray to God you find it in your hearts to forgive me.”
Kim Smith had been given immunity in the murder in exchange for her testimony at her husband’s trial, according to Assistant State's Attorney Michael Combs.
Prosecutors said the Smiths staged the scene to make it appear that Kim Smith had walked in to find Milliman in the house. She has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for making a false 911 call — reporting a home invasion.
The mother of three children, she is out on bond and faces 1 to 6 years in prison. Her sentencing is scheduled for June 7.
“You shouldn't solicit sex with your wife on the Internet,” Combs told reporters after Tim Smith was sentenced.
In the courtroom, the remorseful husband blamed his actions on an alcohol problem and “my poor choices.” He wept as he also apologized to his own family and his wife.
“I'm sorry to my wife, sorry I screwed up so much, sorry I screwed up and threw it all away,” he said.
Milliman’s fiance of nine years, Karen Pratscher, said she has come to terms with the knowledge that Milliman had gone to the Smth home for sex. But she said that he is dead “because of the perverse business of a pimp and his prostitute.”
She has lost privacy, and has been heartbroken and financially ruined, she told the court. She said she forgives Milliman for going to the Smith house for sex and hopes “God showed him grace.”
“We don't laugh any more,” she said. “The loss of Kurt has devastated our entire family.”
Jessica Milliman testified through tears that her uncle's death has been devastating.
“How can you take a person who is my second father and the rock in our family?” she said. “I want you to know when you shot him you shot my whole family.”
Milliman's brother, Scott Milliman, glared at Tim Smith as he walked to the witness stand, and as he read from a prepared statement. Smith did not look back.
“Kurt was and always will be ... the best brother me and my sister could ever ask for,” Scott Milliman said, fighting tears. “Kurt had hundreds, if not thousands, who were proud to call him friend.”
He said he will forever miss the holidays, birthdays and special times with his brother.
“I never got to see my brother's last breath that you took from him. ... You took away a very good man.”