2015-12-17 / Community

Elkton couple imprisoned for several home invasions

By Kelly Krager
Editor • kkrager@mihomepaper.com • 989-269-9918

Dennis Bricker Dennis Bricker HURON COUNTY — An Elkton couple who stole from multiple homes to fund their heroin addictions will spend the next several years behind bars.

Kimberly Ann Wilkinson, 33, was sentenced Monday to five years, six months to 22 years, six months in prison for two counts second-degree home invasion and 183 days for violating her probation. Her sentence was increased due to a previous felony conviction.

Dennis Jerome Bricker, who shared a home on Maude Street with Wilkinson, will serve four to 15 years for one count second-degree home invasion and four years, six months to 15 years for a second count.

The couple have three children together and attended a family court hearing Wednesday to determine custody.

Defense attorney Diana Kessler, who represented Bricker, said although the pair clearly loved each other, Wilkinson and Bricker each fueled the others’ addiction.

Kimberly Wilkinson Kimberly Wilkinson “It’s like mixing nitroglycerin and a match. They might have desire for each other, but they can’t do it clean,” said Diana Kessler, attorney for Bricker.

Huron County Circuit Court Judge Gerald M. Prill said he was astonished the couple would place a higher priority on drugs than the family they were legally and morally obligated to protect.

“It escapes me how someone can say, ‘I don’t really care for my three children. I’m just going to do whatever it takes to get high.’ That’s what happened in this case,” he said. “Apparently the power of the controlled substance is much more desired than your own flesh and blood. … It’s just sad that you would dismiss your own children for the benefit of another fix.”

Investigators found the couple took stolen televisions and other valuables to Saginaw, where they either pawned the items or directly traded them for heroin.

Bricker apologized for his crimes, saying he’s ready to “man up” and take responsibility.

“I can’t imagine what the victims must feel. I can only say what I feel, and that’s shame and disgust. I don’t deserve mercy or forgiveness,” he said.

Wilkinson expressed concern for the welfare of the children and said she hopes they are placed in a stable home.

Bricker and Wilkinson were ordered to jointly pay nearly $5,400 restitution to their victims. Additionally, they must reimburse the county for the cost of their court-appointed attorneys.

Wilkinson’s first felony conviction took place in 2014, when she was sentenced to serve 180 days in jail and 36 months probation for stealing lottery tickets from her employer. Prill said she has paid almost nothing of the over $27,000 restitution ordered in the case.

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