The Oklahoma woman who was serving a 25-year sentence for pushing her husband out of a high-rise window to his death was found dead in her prison cell Monday evening. Amber Hilberling, 25, was found hanging from her bunk bed at the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McLoud, according to Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman Alex Gerszewski, who ruled the death a suicide. She was three years into her sentence, after having been convicted of second-degree murder in 2013 for pushing her husband Josh out the 25th floor of the apartment they shared at the University Club Towers in Tulsa.
Amber was just 19-years-old and seven months pregnant when she killed her husband, Joshua Hilberling. During her trial, she maintained she had acted in self-defense during a fight with the 6-foot-5 air force veteran, and that his fall was an accident, caused by faulty windows at the apartment complex. The prosectution, however, said Amber had a history of abusing Josh, including an incident the previous month, where she had thrown a lamp at him, an injury that required stitches. Josh was planning on leaving his young, pregnant wife, and even had his bags packed. Amber was offered a plea deal, which would have resulted in a 5 year sentence, but chose to take her chances at trial. She was not eligible for parole until 2033.
Amber had appeared on the Dr. Phil Show last February, and maintained her claim that her husband’s death was just an accident. Friends had set up a web page and gotten over 1,200 signatures, asking President Barack Obama to pardon her. Amber’s family is currently raising her son Levi. In a statement, the family of Joshua Hilberling, said, “Both families have lost a child. There are no winners in either of these horrible events. It is tragic for everyone.”
Photo: Oklahoma Department of Corrections