Wife Who Murdered Her Air Force Veteran Husband Found Dead in Jail Cell of Apparent Suicide

An Oklahoma woman who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of her Air Force veteran husband has been found dead in her jail cell.

Guards at the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McLoud, Oklahoma, noticed 25-year-old Amber Hilberling was unresponsive in her cell around 5:30 p.m. Monday, according to KTUL in Tulsa.

For those unfamiliar with the story, Hilberling was convicted of second-degree murder in 2013 for pushing her husband Joshua Hilberling to his death from the 25th floor of their apartment:

SPOUSE WHO MURDERED HER WARFIGHTER HUSBAND FOUND DEAD IN PRISON:Amber Hilberling was pronounced dead Monday evening at…

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Joshua was found dead on the roof the apartment’s garage. Reports show at the time of the murder, Amber was pregnant with the couple’s first child.

According to reports, when Amber was brought to trial for her husband’s murder, she pleaded guilty to pushing him but argued it was done in self-defense after he grabbed her:

During the trial, Amber insisted that she did not intend to kill her husband.

However, records show that Joshua made claims she was abusive towards him. According to court documents, Joshua had filed for an emergency protective order against his wife just one month before his death.

In the past, Amber had allegedly thrown a lamp at Joshua’s head, which required him to have stitches.

Joshua’s family also stated that on the eve of his death, he had packed his bags and was going to leave her:

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While Amber received numerous plea deals throughout the trial, she rejected them all and was eventually found guilty:

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Image Credit: Oklahoma Police Department

As for Amber’s recent death, there has been no official statement on the cause, but a witness claimed she hanged herself:

Amber’s stepfather, Bryan Whitlock, told KTUL that she would not have killed herself. Whitlock said that Amber was “excited” about sharing her side of the story in a planned interview with the news station that was scheduled in the upcoming months.

Whitlock also said Amber was taking college courses and enjoying regular phone calls with her son, Levi:

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While her cause of death has not been officially confirmed, reports indicate that the correctional facility is treating Amber’s death as a suicide.

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