Animal massacre act of revenge

Escrito por Nuria Querol i Viñas.

BROOKFIELD — The teen convicted of bludgeoning and stabbing to death almost 40 farm animals once posted an evil, hate-filled message congratulating the teen responsible for killing a Columbine High School student on a memorial Web site her parents created.
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Animal massacre act of revenge

By RON SELAK JR. Tribune Chronicle

Tribune Chronicle / R. Michael Semple

Defendant Lucas Timko listens to a statement being read during his sentencing Thursday in Eastern District Court in Brookfield.



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Jim Hubish, left, and his wife, Kathie, center, and his mother, Mary Hubish, owner of the dead chickens, all of Brookfield, listen during the sentencing of defendant Lucas Timko Thursday in Eastern District Court in Brookfield.

BROOKFIELD — The teen convicted of bludgeoning and stabbing to death almost 40 farm animals once posted an evil, hate-filled message congratulating the teen responsible for killing a Columbine High School student on a memorial Web site her parents created.

In the 2004 note, 19-year-old Lucas Timko claimed the world was a better place, complimented Eric (Harris) for a ‘‘good kill’’ and remarked of sexually assaulting Cassie Bernall, one of 13 people killed that day in April 1999.

Details of Timko’s life, including information about the death of his mother when the teen was only 3 and a fascination with serial killers were made known on Thursday when Eastern District Judge Ron Rice sentenced the Brookfield man to 15 months in jail in connection to the Oct. 31, slaughtering of 34 chickens and three peacocks and turkeys at an Amy Boyle Road farm and an unrelated theft.

Timko, 6580 King Graves Road, faced a charge of animal cruelty in connection to the farm bird deaths and unrelated charges of breaking and entering and theft in connection to the theft of a bicycle.

He also was ordered to write a 250-word apology, fined more than $1,000, must pay $1,100 in restitution and placed on five years probation.

Timko told the court he killed the birds in an act of retaliation against bird owner Mary Hubish’s son, Jim, who in October 2005, alerted police of a suspicious vehicle on Amy Boyle Road. Police found Timko and another man in the car along with two makeshift devices to smoke drugs. They were charged with possessing drug paraphernalia.

But Timko mistakenly thought the home with the chicken koops belonged to Jim Hubish, rather than his mother, who said she kept the birds as pets. He said a problem with drugs coupled with built-up anger led him to commit the killing spree.

Mary Hubish found the dead birds on Oct. 31 when she went to let free the animals from their pens, two tiny, red chicken coops behind her home at 6260 Amy Boyle Road. It’s believed Timko killed the birds the night before Halloween.

‘‘For this man to victimize this family in such a violent way, vicious way is inhumane,’’ said Mary Hubish’s daughter-in-law, Kathie, who added Mary now is scared at night because of the trauma.

During court Thursday, Timko revealed his fascination with serial killers when asked by Rice about the number of books he possessed regarding serial killers found by police. The court also learned of his mother’s death while she was trying to save Timko and his twin brother from their burning home in 1990.

Timko underwent counseling after sending the message to Bernall’s parents. He also sent the couple a letter of apology, police said.



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