- Associated Press - Saturday, January 16, 2021

JUNEAU, Wis. (AP) - A former sheriff’s deputy accused of breaking into the houses of people attending funerals and homes of coworkers has been sentenced in Dodge County to two years in prison.

Former Jefferson County deputy, Janelle Gericke, was found guilty of two felony counts of burglary and a felony count of attempted burglary.

Judge Brian Pfitzinger also ordered Gericke to serve three years of extended supervision during Friday’s sentencing.

Gericke worked at the Jefferson County Jail beginning in February 2016 and was fired in July 2019, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

Assistant Attorney General Adrienne Blais said Gericke would search for drugs in the homes she burglarized. Security cameras at the home of two of her former coworkers captured her crimes.

Gericke told the judge addiction changes a person and she has many regrets.

“I did not honor the badge as I had planned, and I took for granted my husband and my daughter and the life we had,” Gericke said.

Gericke said she wants to help others with their addictions and plans to go back to school for social work.

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