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Roberts woman sentenced to jail time in meth-burglary case

A Roberts woman accused of burglary and teaching a child to inject methamphetamine was sentenced last week to jail time, probation and enrollment in drug court.

The sentence, issued by St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Edward Vlack, followed guilty pleas by Bridget Nicole Eisele to one count of felony meth possession and one count of burglary.

Vlack sentenced her to three years on probation, a year in jail and restitution costs. A five-year prison term was stayed.

The 33-year-old was charged in January after her mother, Lisa Burns, reported her Roberts home had been burglarized. Authorities later learned Eisele had been staying at the home and was suspected in the burglary.

A missing safe that had contained jewelry, knives, about $2,900 in cash and pain medication was found days later in Minnesota, so authorities went to check back at the Burns home, where they found Burns’ 12-year-old daughter — Eisele’s sister.

The child allegedly told police how Eisele had prepared and used “oxy” or “meth” in front of her and demonstrated to her how to inject drugs. According to a criminal complaint, Eisele helped the girl shoot up drugs on at least one occasion.

“Facts alleged in the complaint are disturbing, shameful and, frankly, just plain sad,” Assistant St. Croix County District Attorney Matthew Hartung said at Friday’s hearing.

Eisele was later found at a River Falls hotel, where she was arrested on Jan. 20. Police said Eisele was in possession of jewelry that was reported missing from Burns’ safe at the time of the arrest.

Burns described feelings of victimization to Vlack during Friday’s sentencing hearing, noting that she changed the locks at her house in response to the burglary.

Burns said she feared Eisele hadn’t yet hit “rock bottom” and asked the judge to issue jail time in the case.

“I just wish Bridget would get the help that she needs,” Burns told the court before offering that Eisele had yet to offer a face-to-face apology.

Burns said the burglary and its fallout came after a difficult stretch for her that included two bouts with cancer.

“It’s just caused me so much more stress,” she said.

Hartung said that in spite of the plea agreement calling for jail time and other penalties, he thought the circumstances of the crime warranted prison time.

If Eisele was willing to burglarize her own mother’s home, Hartung said in court, “who won’t she steal from?”

Eisele’s attorney, Julie Weber, said her client is aware the sentence represents her last stop before prison.

Eisele told Vlack she has “lots of regret” and that she sees drug court as a privilege — not a punishment.

“I can prove to you that I am ready,” she said.

Vlack said he would wait until May 29 to tell Eisele how much time he would stay from her one-year jail sentence, a portion of which she was already in custody.

Numerous charges were dismissed under the plea deal, including delivery of meth, child abuse and intentionally contributing to the delinquency of a child. Charges in a Pierce County case alleging meth possession and possession of drug paraphernalia were also dismissed.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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