A McHenry County jury found Tim Smith, 28, guilty of first-degree murder of a man who responded to a Craig’s List ad offering Smith’s wife for prostitution, the McHenry County State’s Attorney said Thursday.
Smith, of Woodstock, faces a minimum sentence of 45 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections when he is sentenced on April 25. He was convicted of killing Kurt Milliman, in May 2011.
Milliman answered a Craig’s List ad and arrived at Smith’s home where he met Kimberly Smith, the defendant’s wife, according to McHenry County Sheriff’s police.
The two started to have sexual relations, but Kimberly Smith abruptly stopped and an argument ensued, according to a release from the state’s attorney’s office. Tim Smith then came out of a room where he had been hiding and shot Milliman in the back.
Tim Smith then damaged his home, smashed a window and called the police claiming someone had broken into the home and attacked his wife.
A subsequent investigation by the sheriff’s department revealed that the defendant had placed the ad on Craig’s List and was “pimping” his wife for profit, the release stated. The defendant was interviewed by detectives and admitted to fabricating the story of the break-in and that he had been selling his wife for sex on the Internet.