Amber Wirsing, 19, was first arrested in December 2010 in connection with strong-armed robberies of people in their homes. Wirsing and Tracey D. Russell, 21, of Florida, are accused of kicking and striking one of the victims before they took cash and CDs. The couple also confronted an older man at his home and took his wallet.
Both Wirsing and Russell were charged with two counts of robbery causing bodily injury and two counts of theft.
While serving her probation on the charges, Wirsing was arrested on Aug. 2 on another theft charge. She also failed a drug test and was re-arrested on a warrant on Aug. 17.
In court today, Wirsing told Judge Huffer she has learned a lot from her mistakes and feels she can do “more good outside” of a jail cell. Her defense attorney, Jay Rigdon, also told the judge Wirsing has reason to improve as she recently became a mother.
Wirsing’s plea, however, only seemed to irritate the judge who raised his voice and sternly said, “I don’t think so! You’ve been given many opportunities to improve and you’ve only slapped the hand away. No! You cannot do better out of an institution.”
Wirising will serve approximately two years in prison. She currently has an additional Class D felony theft charge which has been set for a one day jury trial for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 8.