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Tulsa Woman Who Pushed Husband Out of 25th-Storey Window Kills Self in Jail

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A woman convicted in 2011 of killing her husband has died in prison by suicide, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections confirmed Tuesday.

Amber Hilberling, 25, hung herself in her cell at the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McLoud, reported the Tulsa news source NewsOn6. Hilberling was convicted of pushing her husband, Joshua, through the window of their 25th-floor apartment, on June 7 2011.

At the time, Hilberling said her husband was abusive and it was an act of self-defense, but prosecutors told the jury that the evidence did not support this claim. After three hours of deliberation, she was sentenced to 25 years in prison and given a $10,000 fine. She turned down a plea deal that would have reduced her time in prison to just five years.

“We heard that Amber Hilberling hung herself in prison this evening. We know how it feels to lose a child. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. It’s something no parent should have to experience. Condolences to those who loved her,” posted a Facebook page dedicated to her late husband, called ‘In Loving Memory of Joshua Hilberling’.


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