Rice Lake, Wisconsin (about 100 miles northeast of Minneapolis): Timothy Phares and his sister Krista Kathrine, were getting
out of his car in a parking lot when Rien Hendricks and his wife Shannon Hendricks (a co-worker of Phares)
pulled up behind them in an SUV.

Hendricks was getting out of his vehicle, and, according to Phares, said “Fucking faggot, I’m going to kill you.”

At that point Phares said Hendricks struck him in the head with great
force using a 2 x 4 piece of lumber. In a written statement, Krista
Kathrine said she heard her brother’s head smack the pavement, but Tim
Phares lost consciousness and doesn’t remember anything else before
waking up in the hospital.

Phares suffered head and facial abrasions as well as multiple facial
fractures that will ultimately require surgery to implant metal plates,
he said.

Hendricks, 36, who lives was taken
into custody and charged with substantial battery intended to inflict
bodily harm, a Class 1 felony. He faces a $10,000 and a much as three
and a half years in prison. Hendricks, who has prior convictions for theft, false representation
and distributing marijuana, is free on bail. In the past, Hendricks has
also faced charges for bail jumping and violating unemployment law.

Despite the anti-gay slur shouted prior to the attack, there is not
adequate evidence to prosecute the alleged assault as a hate crime,
according to Barron County District Attorney Angela Beranek. She said
Wisconsin law requires evidence that a crime was committed wholly or in
part due to the perceived sexual orientation of the victim in order to
attach a hate-crime enhancement to the charges
.

Read more at the Wisconsin Gazette.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.