Neillsville woman faces nearly 90 years in prison for breaking into home, cutting owner with knife

Jackson County (WQOW) – A Neillsville woman is charged with a slew of charges after allegedly burglarizing a man’s home and cutting him with his own knife.

Wednesday, Sherri Fitzl was charged with eight counts – including armed robbery and burglary with a dangerous weapon.

According to the criminal complaint, the homeowner found Fitzl inside his town of Alma house on Friday. He said she had taken a variety of items – mostly Harley Davidson apparel and memorabilia.

When she was leaving, the man said she pulled out a stolen pocket knife and cut his hand.

When interviewed by police, Fitzl initially denied burglarizing the home, telling officers she had not left her residence, but does suffer from short-term memory loss. She eventually confessed to taking items from the home.

She said she did it because the homeowner gave her a key and told her to stop by at any time.

She returns to court in July. If convicted on all charges she faces a maximum penalty of nearly 90 years in prison.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer and an Evening Anchor.

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