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Wind Point man found guilty in fatal stabbing

Lori Kwiatkowski points to Sean Forester-Hoare while testifying in court Tuesday in Racine. Forester-Hoare was found guilty of homicide and reckless endangerment for the death of Jonathan Kwiatkowski, Lori's son, on April 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Kenosha News, Sean Krajacic)

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A Racine County jury found a 30-year-old man guilty of killing a 21-year-old man over his driving.

Sean Forester-Hoare was charged with stabbing Jonathan Kwiatkowski in the neck with a 5-inch knife at about 2 a.m. on April 4, 2011 in Wind Point.

Prosecutors claimed Forester-Hoare had gone to Kwiatkowski’s home and confronted him and his parents over his driving. Forester-Hoare had testified that he acted in self-defense.

After less than four hours of deliberations Friday, a jury decided Forester-Hoare was guilty of first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety.

The small courtroom was packed with friends and family members of the slain young man. The Journal Times reports Forester-Hoare appeared nearly expressionless as the clerk read out the counts.

Information from: The Journal Times, http://www.journaltimes.com


  1. This whole scene is awful. It was bad enough that one young man’s life was destroyed. Now, needlessly, a second young man’s life is destroyed. I do not feel the Kwiatkowski’s or the prosecution have been truthful throughout the process.

    They constantly changed their story over what Forester-Hoare initially said at night. They claimed Forester-Hoare was drunk. That he slurred his words. Okay then. Where was the alcohol in the toxicology report? The Kwiatkowskis griped to the media over the defense attorney revisiting the scene of the incident. Even though the defense never set foot on Kwiatkowski property, they wanted to file a restraining order. Jonathon can clearly be heard, on his final phone call before his throat is cut, screaming, “NO! DAD! STOP!” If Forester-Hoare was on top of Tim Kwiatkowski, then why tell his father to stop? In an attempt to further mislead and hide the truth the Kwiatkowskis have had the 911 call removed from websites.

    Finally, their jubilant celebration at Forester-Hoare’s conviction disgusts me and is totally barbaric. What if the Forester-Hoare’s celebrated as Jon Kwiatkowski is lowered into the ground and covered with dirt?

    Hiding of evidence. Lying. Failure to be held accountable for their actions. Culpability in a death. Stay classy, Tim. Stay classy.

  2. BigBearFan,

    It’s nice to hear someone actually thinking with their own brain instead of believing what the media tells them to. I’ve questioned all the same things but God forbid you voice it. My biggest question is, if Tim didn’t attack Sean, would his son still be alive? This is all so tragic.

  3. Sean made that choice to destroy his OWN life when he attacked the family and stabbed the victim. I imagine they removed the 911 calls (if this is true) because it was the last moment of Jon’s life and one can hear the blood gurggling on the phone call, it’s gruesome. Sean deserves what he did, if he was ‘acting in self-defense’ then the charges against him for the parents would have beend dropped, but Jon didn’t attack – that’s a big difference! Jon is the one that died and now Sean has to PAY FOR IT!

  4. A Friend of Jonathan

    BigBearFan, a few facts for you from the trial…

    Fact: Sean attacked Tim, hit him in the face and he fell to the ground.

    Fact: Sean then attacked Tim’s wife and was beating her.

    Fact: As Tim stated during the trial, he grabbed Sean off of his wife and hit him two times to keep Sean from further attacks on his family.

    Fact: When the altercation was over, Sean then pulled a 9 inch knife and put it through Jonathan’s neck.

    Fact: Sean’s last text message to his brother was the word KILL that night.

    Fact: Toxicology reports say that Sean was smoking marijuana that night.

    Fact: Unlike Bill Hoare, Tim was right in defending his family. Bill Hoare’s testimony that he lied to the police “as any father would do” (his words) is ridicules and I hope he will be held accountable for his illegal actions.

    Fact: 12 jurors found Sean guilty.

    Fact: You keep posting these same comments on any internet forum that you can find and it is hurtful to the Kwiatkowski’s and the hundreds of people that know and love Jonathan. You are a sick individual.

    BigBearFan, do you really want to continue with your ridicules comments or should someone post the video of Sean’s interrogation on YouTube?

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