Homeless man accused in boat theft sentenced to four years

WOODSTOCK – A 22-year-old former McHenry area man accused of storing a stolen boat in a stranger’s boathouse accepted a negotiated agreement Thursday.

Timothy Hohl, who authorities said was homeless, was sentenced to four years in prison. He pleaded guilty to burglary and criminal damage to government-supported property in exchange for prosecutors dropping a handful of similar, related charges.

Hohl also acknowledged violating his probation in a 2008 burglary case in which he took mechanics’ tools from a garage in Holiday Hills.

In the more recent case, he admitted to unlawfully entering a home in the 1000 block of River Road in McHenry on Aug. 31. He also admitted to damaging an electrical outlet in a McHenry County Jail cell Sept. 4.

Police had said Hohl stole a 14-foot Lund fishing boat from a home along the Fox River before breaking into two other homes and stealing less than $500 in items. Then, police said, he parked the boat in a stranger’s boat house.

Hohl could have been sentenced to up to seven years in prison for burglary.