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Amber Hilberling, convicted of killing Air Force vet husband found dead in prison cell

October 26, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Amber Hilberling, convicted of killing Air Force vet husband found dead in prison cell

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Amber Hilberling, the 25-year-old Oklahoma woman, who was previously convicted of second-degree murder after pushing her husband from the 25th floor of their apartment, was discovered dead inside her prison cell.

Terri Watkins, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, announced that Amber Hilberling was pronounced dead on Monday at 5:33 pm at the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center, where Hilberling was serving 25-years behind bars for the 2011 killing of her husband, Joshua Hilbering, a U.S. Air Force veteran.

The medical examiner is still working to ascertain the woman’s cause of death. However, a source who identified himself as a prison official told News9 that the woman apparently committed suicide and was found hanging in her cell.

Prosecutors asserted that Amber Hilberling pushed her 23-year-old husband through their apartment window after they got into a dispute over splitting up.

A prison official reportedly claimed Amber, pictured above with Joshua Hilberling in his Air Force uniform, was found hanging in her cell

A prison official reportedly claimed Amber, pictured above with Joshua Hilberling in his Air Force uniform, was found hanging in her cell

Hilberling, who was 19-years-old at the time and seven months pregnant, maintained that the death was accidental due to the “unusually thin” windows in their high-rise apartment building.

During her trial back in 2013, Joshua Hilberling’s relatives testified that just before his murder, he had packed his bags and was preparing to leave his wife after suffering from abuse at her hands.

Jurors were given a copy of an emergency protective order that Joshua had obtained against his wife a month before he was killed after she allegedly she threw a lamp at his head, causing him to need stitches.

However, the protective order was dropped when the couple failed to show up for their court date.

Amber Hilberling contended that in June 2011, she pushed Joshua in self-defense after he grabbed her by shoulders during a heated argument, but she claimed that she never meant for him to fall out of the 25th-floor window.

His body was discovered crushed on the garage’s roof.

Rhonda Whitlock, Amber’s mother, argued that her petite seventh-month pregnant daughter could not have pushed the 6-foot-6 military-trained man.

“The facts just don’t add up,” she stated back in December 2011.

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Two days after she was taken into custody, the woman was released on $250,000 bond. However, in January 2012, a judge forced her back behind bars after she had allegedly infringed on the conditions of her release by failing two drug tests and not charging her ankle GPS device.

Amber had rejected plea deals from prosecutors and elected to take her case to trial, which ended with a guilty verdict and a lengthy prison sentence in 2013.

In a prison interview with Dr. Phil that aired back in February, Hilberling reemphasized that she acted in self-defense.

“He reached out and grabbed me. And I was pregnant. And he didn’t care,’ she said, “I pushed him off me. The window wasn’t supposed to happen.”

Amber’s stepfather, Bryan Whitlock, told KTUL on Monday that medical staff at the correctional facility was treating his stepdaughter’s death as a suicide, but no one has indicated (except the prison source) how the 25-year-old killed herself.


Joshua’s family testified during Amber’s trial in 2013 that he had packed his bags and was planning to leave his pregnant wife. They claimed Amber had been abusive towards him

Whitlock declared that there was “no way” that Amber, who had just celebrated her birthday on October 1st, would have committed suicide.

He claimed that Hilberling was “excited” about the opportunity of telling her story in a planned interview with KTUL, and she was also enrolled in college courses and speaking to her son Levi every day.

On a Facebook profiled named “In Loving Memory of Josh Hilberling,” someone posted a status on Monday that stated: “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.”

Meanwhile, a post appeared on a Facebook profile associated with Joshua’s brother, Zach Hilberling, apparently celebrating the news of Amber’s alleged suicide.

“Muhahahahaha ding dong the witch is dead!! Muahaha,” Zach reportedly said in reaction to his former sister-in-law’s death.

In an earlier status, Zach indicated that Amber’s death brought him some closure.

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