Victim's family reacts to Amber Hilberling verdict

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Updated: 3/19/2013 9:09 am Published: 3/18/2013 8:39 pm

Amber Hilberling will stay at the Tulsa County Jail while she waits to be sentenced for second degree murder on April 23rd.

Jurors recommended a 25 year sentence for killing her husband Josh when she pushed him out of University Tower in 2011. Josh's family says justice has finally been served.

After the verdict was read prosecutors said it was justice, but sometimes justice can't heal all wounds.
“Happy or not, any kind of verdict is not going to bring Joshua back,” Michelle Keely said.
FOX23 reached out to Josh Hilberling's mom Jeanne. She wasn't ready to talk on camera, but she did talk with FOX23 reporter Adam Paluka on Facebook.
"This verdict does not bring our Joshua back to us, however if we can prevent someone else, another man, from being abused and/or killed - Joshua was not murdered in vain."
Jeanne said since the day her son was murdered, she knew this would be the verdict read in court.
"The evidence was overwhelming and the defense was insulting to our family and the jury's intelligence. God is good and He is still on the throne. Justice was served today!"
She says now she will begin to use her son's memory to educate the community on a topic she feels is too often kept quiet.
"I will be working with the Family Safety and DVIS agencies to educate the community on domestic violence against men. (I want people to know) that domestic violence is a non-gender crime."
Defense attorneys on the other hand were very disappointed and upset with this verdict. They said after it was read that they still believe Amber pushed Josh in self-defense during an argument.
They were so confident in this defense, they turned down a plea deal that would have only sent Amber to prison for five years.
Her attorneys told me they do think she will appeal the conviction after she is sentenced next month.

One other glaring question is what happens to Josh and Amber Hilberling's son Levi, who was born two months after his mom was arrested for murder.
Before the verdict was announced, Amber Hilberling's attorney said Levi was being taken care of by his legal guardian, Amber's mother.
"Levi has been with Amber's family from day one on this and they have been raising him while she is waiting to come home.” Jasen Corns said.
Now that Amber has been convicted, it will probably be at least 20 years before Levi's mother does come home.
“It's very sad for Levi. He's lost one parent due to homicide, and now there's another parent who's gone due to the fact that she's in custody,” Keely said.
Jeanne Hilberling says the family has not decided yet if they will challenge the custody arrangement for Levi. She says she wants what's best for her grandson even though she tells us she's never met him and only seen his picture on TV.

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Mayor Maynot - 3/27/2013 3:58 PM
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Browneyedgirl #8 ^]] Maybe after the DNA results b

Mayor Maynot - 3/27/2013 8:51 AM
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Stupid arrogant ignorant tart. She tried to get away Scott free. That didn't work well for her. Time to pay the piper;-)

katiedidittwo2 - 3/22/2013 5:31 PM
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Domestic abuse is a 2 way street. Many do not realize the abuse comes from both side. If your being abused let someone know. Then the one that is left behind does not have to be held totally responsible for the abuse.

katiedidittwo2 - 3/22/2013 5:28 PM
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Domestic abuse is a 2 way street. In many instances the abuse comes from both sides. I do not think she is totally at fault. If someone is being abused let someone else know what is going on so that one party is not singled out as being the abuser.

bradshaw - 3/19/2013 9:35 AM
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BrownEyedGirl, you say that you can't stand violence of "any kind." You also said this: "Too bad you didn't run them over with your car when you were getting away !!!!" Is vehicular homocide not a form of violence, or is that one okay?

BrownEyedGirl - 3/18/2013 9:33 PM
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WHAT ???? Why has the Mother of Joshua never seen her grandson? How sad !! Has Amber's family kept him from them? They should definately be a part of that childs life. I have seen females hit men before and it almost makes me feel more sorry for men in domestic situations than it does the women. Most men just take it cause they know better than to hit a woman. And before anyone starts it, yes I have been abused before. Just young and dumb, but learned quickly it wasn't a place I wanted to be and got out. I can't stand violence of any kind !
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