Suspect in murder of woman, burial of teenager takes plea deal

Suspect in murder of woman, burial of teenager takes plea deal

(As originally published with additional photos, Mon, November 6th 2023, 6:42 PM EST; local article here)

ALPENA, Mich. (TND) — A man charged with killing a woman in connection to the murder of a teenager pleaded guilty to charges and could be out of prison in 30 years.

Joshua Wirgau is one of two men accused of murdering 31-year-old Abby Hill in 2021 to prevent her from talking about the murder of 17-year-old Brynn Bills, a month earlier.

The crimes happened in Alpena, in northern Michigan.

Wirgau, 36, helped bury Bills on his own property. On Thursday, he pleaded guilty to one count each of disinterment and mutilation of a dead body, felony accessory after the fact, and involuntary manslaughter.

He’d originally been charged with first-degree murder, felony firearm possession, and using a firearm during a felony.

Wirgau’s plea deal requests 15-30 years in prison and an agreement to cooperate with prosecuting the other suspect, Brad Srebnik, who is accused of murdering Bills.

Suspect in murder of woman, burial of teenager takes plea deal
Joshua Wirgau pleaded guilty to disinterment and mutilation of a dead body, felony accessory after the fact, and involuntary manslaughter. (Michigan State Police undated; Michigan Dept. of Corrections on April 25, 2022)

Srebnik, 37, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, and one count each of disinterment and mutilation of a dead body, felony firearm possession, and using a firearm during a felony.

Both Srebnik and Wirgau were described as “habitual offenders” by the Michigan Department of Attorney General, which also said the state police had “identified Srebnik, Wirgau, and Hill as being involved in the disappearance of Bills,” and “Hill was the last person to see Bills alive.”

Srebnik and Wirgau were serving two-year sentences for felony firearm possession â€” reduced from kidnapping in earlier plea deals — when they were charged with murder.

Srebnik had also served time for conducting a criminal enterprise, and manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance.

Wirgau had also served time for criminal sexual conduct.

Wirgau’s sentencing will take place in February.

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