In a huge new development in court proceedings regarding the 2021 murders of Brynn Bills and Abby Hill, one of the defendants, 35-year-old Joshua Wirgau, has pleaded guilty.
He’s plead guilty to mutilation of a dead body, felony accessory after the fact, and involuntary manslaughter. His cooperation brings with it a deal for a sentencing between 15 and 30 years.
Bills was found buried on Wirgau’s property in 2021 and he’s admitted to investigators that he was at least present during the murder of Hill. In statements to police, Wirgau has said the other defendant, Brad Srebnik was responsible for both deaths.
Prosecutors believe the guilty plea and cooperation makes their case against Srebnik stronger than it already is. “I believe this plea will get us one step closer to ensuring justice for these two women,” said Cynthia Muszynski, Alpena County prosecutor.
Wirgau is expected to be sentenced in February.