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Reality TV Star Sentenced For Kidnapping Prostitute And Throwing Her Out A Window

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A former reality TV star from History Channel's Ice Road Truckers was sentenced on Tuesday to 5 to 15 years in prison for kidnapping and beating a prostitute in Las Vegas before throwing her out a window.Even though 40-year-old Timothy Zickuhr had been facing a possible life sentence, his attorney negotiated a deal with prosecutors for a lesser sentence. Zickuhr pleaded guilty to two felony charges of first degree kidnapping and extortionate collection of debt, according to Associated Press.

The horrific series of events that that led to Zickuhr's arrest unfolded in December 2013. He had given a prostitute, who goes by the name "Snow White," his ATM card so she could withdraw her payment for her services, but later accused her of taking too much money, according to the criminal complaint.

“I only withdrew the $80 I was supposed to and an additional $120 that I wasn’t,” Snow White said in an email to the New York Daily News.

When he confronted her about it, Snow White agreed to meet him to give him the money, she told police. However, that's when Zickuhr went nuts on her, and kidnapped, threatened and beat her. Police said he took her hostage in his apartment on Lynnwood Street near Sahara Avenue and Paradise Road, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Zickuhr tied her up with backpack straps, beat her, and poured ice cold water over her head before locking her in a closet, the police report said.

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He threatened to kill Snow White if she couldn't get him $1,000, and asked her to give him the phone number of a person who would pony up the money. Snow White pulled a fast one on Zickuhr and gave him the number of a police officer she knew, Las Vegas Metropolitan officer Adam Seely, who arranged a meeting with Zickuhr, reported NY Daily News.

Neighbors heard Snow White's screams while Zickuhr was on the phone with Seely and called police. At this point, Zickuhr still didn't know Seely was an officer. When police came to Zickuhr's door, he made Snow White jump out of his second-story window to escape, the police report said. He then went to go meet Seely to trade Snow White for the money, and that's when he was arrested. Seely said when he questioned Zickuhr, he admitted to everything.

During Zickuhr's sentencing, he said he was remorseful: "These course of actions so to speak has affected myself and my family very much. I feel very remorseful. I made mistakes. I'm hoping the court will please go by the stipulations."

Zickuhr was a recurring star on the Ice Road Trucker's second season in 2011. Since the show he hasn't worked in the trucking or TV business, and had given police a Hollywood address when he was taken into custody.