Boater accused of harassing deer to death may have charges dismissed

Author:
Updated:
Original:

A boater accused of harassing a deer until it drowned may have the charges against him dropped.

Steven Timm, 56, and the Mahnomen County attorney agreed to suspend prosecution for the next six months, according to the Grand Forks Herald.

That means prosecutors will drop their case against Timm as long as he doesn't commit any similar offenses within that time. However, he'll still have to pay $500 in restitution stemming from the deer's death last September, KFGO reports.

Timm pleaded not guilty to an animal cruelty charge in connection to the Tulaby Lake incident. Witnesses told the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Timm followed a deer that was swimming in the lake, circled it with his boat and prevented it from getting to shore. The deer then became exhausted and died.

However, Timm says he wasn’t trying to hurt the deer. He told the DNR he had been fishing when he noticed something swimming and went to check it out.

When he got closer to the deer, it began swimming farther out in the lake, so he attempted to turn the deer back towards shore using his pontoon, he told the DNR.

The court accepted Timm's deal last week, which means Timm avoids a trial and will save him time and money from fighting the allegation against him, Timm's attorney told the Star Tribune Tuesday.

Richard Sprouse of the DNR told BringMeTheNews that reports of animal harassment are not common, noting he has rarely heard or seen it in officer reports over the past 20 years.

Next Up

Eric Kendricks

Coller: Do the Vikings have a tough schedule?

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

Screen Shot 2020-01-02 at 7.54.07 AM

Grand jury indicts 2 with aiding and abetting murder of Minneapolis Realtor

Four people have now been indicted by a grand jury in connection to the 2019 killing of Monique Baugh.

Nelson Cruz

White Sox sweep Twins for first time since 2016

The Twins' offense disappeared in a 4-2 loss on Thursday.

Mike Hughes

Report: Vikings trade Mike Hughes to Kansas City

The Vikings received a 2022 sixth-rounder in exchange for the former first-round pick.

Ambulance hospital emergency

Backup from fatal crash in Stearns County leads to another bad crash

The crash backed up traffic, which led to another crash in which two people were injured.

Gluten free pizza

For The Week: Monster cookies, and a search for the best gluten-free pizza in MN

BMTN food writer Lindsay Guentzel's weekly column aims to make life in the kitchen easier.

Flickr - SIMULIIDAE black fly gnat - D. Sikes

South Twin Cities metro besieged by aggressive gnats

Metropolitan Mosquito Control District has received more than 100 calls in recent days.

Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater criticizes Panthers' practice habits

The former Vikings quarterback was not a fan of his time in Carolina.

Associate wearing PPE 2

Amazon will give $100 to new hires who are fully vaccinated against COVID

The company is hoping to hire 1,300 people in Minnesota.

ambulance

1 killed, 1 injured after being ejected from 3-wheel motorcycle

The pair was ejected after the motorcycle left the roadway.

Related

Suspect in officer assault was charged in sex-with-deer case

The Northland man who made international headlines when he was convicted of having sex with a dead deer has been charged with assaulting a female officer. Bryan James Hathaway, 25, was arraigned Wednesday in Duluth and charged with four crimes stemming from an incident at a Walmart on Monday night.