Probation ordered for chicken farm trespassing

TECUMSEH – Kimberly Bohling, 54 of Tecumseh was sentenced Monday for trespassing at a Tecumseh Poultry farm where a 2019 fire destroyed a barn and killed 20,000 chickens.

Judge Rick Schreiner sentenced the former Tecumseh Poultry employee to two years probation. She is banned from any property owned by Tecumseh Poultry or Tyson Foods.

In February, a Johnson County jury declared itself deadlocked regarding charges of arson and livestock cruelty, but found Bohling guilty of criminal trespassing.

The cause of the fire was listed as undetermined by a state Fire Marshal’s Office investigator, but prosecutors say GPS records and shoe prints place Bohling near the farm.