Criminal Justice

Tkackik Has 40-year Sentence for Jada Justice Murder

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July 19, 2013 — A Lake County criminal court judge has sentenced a Hobart man to 40 years in jail for his involvement in the violent 2009 death of two-year-old Jada Justice.

According to the Lake County Court Clerk’s Office Judge Thomas Stefaniak, Jr. sentenced Timothy Tkachik to 40 years for each of two counts of neglect of a dependent, to be served concurrently.

Three years ago Tkachik pleaded “guilty” to the class-A felony counts in a plea deal where the State dismissed murder and battery charges against him in return for his testimony against his then girlfriend who was charged and convicted of the murder. Prosecutors say Tkachik and Engelica Castillo beat Justice to death, burned her body and then encased it in concrete before burying her in Laporte County. Castillo is serving a 65-year jail sentence for the crime.

Tkachik tells he plans to appeal.

He admitted he hit Jada Justice in the head several times and held her down while Castillo hit her with a belt when they were upset with the child while babysitting her.


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