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 served 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.
Roberts woman charged with burglary
A Roberts woman was charged in St. Croix County Circuit Court on Friday, March 6, with burglary and felony theft along with assorted misdemeanors.
The next court appearance for Bridget Nicole Eisele, 33, is a status conference scheduled for 9 a.m., Monday, March 30. In addition to the felony charges, Eisele was also charged with two counts of receiving stolen property and criminal damage to property.
According to the criminal complaint, Roberts police and St. Croix County deputies were dispatched Jan. 13 to 105 W. Graham St. for a burglary complaint.
Upon their arrival, Lisa Burns, Eisele’s mother, told law enforcement they departed her house at approximately 10:10 a.m., for an appointment. Burns said she locked the front door and entered her van through the garage. Minutes later, Eisele entered the van.
When they returned, Burns noticed a chair from her bedroom was now located in the kitchen and her black safe was missing from the closet. She also noticed the front door was slightly open. As a result, she called law enforcement.
Burns told law enforcement that while they were en route, Eisele, who had a warrant for her arrest, drove off with Burns’ van.
Burns told law enforcement the contents inside the safe were — a pair of diamond earrings, seven rings, knives, approximately $2,900 in cash and 120 pills of Oxycodone. Burns added she had tried to reach Eisele multiple times since she left, but Eisele didn’t answer.
Another one of Burns’ daughters told law enforcement Eisele told her she wanted to steal her mother’s safe because it contained money and pain medication. A week later, Roberts police received word they knew where Eisele could be located — which was in River Falls, where she was subsequently arrested.
As she was being arrested, River Falls police noticed she had multiple pieces of jewelry on her, which some of the pieces Burns confirmed originated from her safe.
Two individuals also talked to Roberts police about their role in the burglary. Randy L. Meyer, 27, of South St. Paul, Minn., said he was contacted via text by Eisele who said the door was open and now was the time “to do it.” He said he took the safe and met Eisele later in River Falls where he gave Eisele the money and pills.
The other individual, Charlene Stuart, 42, of River Falls, said after taking the safe, they drove to Minnesota to get rid of the safe. Eisele gave this person a couple pieces of jewelry, which she later disposed of. For their involvement, the pair were charged Monday with burglary, felony theft and receiving/concealing stolen property while Meyer was also charged with criminal trespass of a dwelling.
The burglary charge is a Class F felony which carries a maximum penalty of $25,000 and/or 150 months prison. The theft charge is a Class I felony, with the maximum penalties of $10,000 and/or 42 months prison.
According to Wisconsin online court records, Eisele is also facing charges of child abuse to reckless cause harm, contributing to the delinquency of a child, manufacturing or delivering amphetamine and possessing drug paraphernalia in St. Croix County and possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in Pierce County.