Janesville woman pleads guilty to four counts of burglary

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Andrea Anderson
Thursday, December 19, 2013

JANESVILLE — A Janesville woman who traded items stolen in Janesville for drugs in Beloit is getting a second chance to kick her heroin habit and turn around her life, Rock County Judge Kenneth Forbeck said Thursday.

Misty L. Kvistad, 35, pleaded guilty to four counts of party to felony burglary for her role in a string of burglaries around Janesville and Rock County that led police to a home in Beloit.

Forbeck sentenced Kvistad to two years in prison and five years extended supervision followed by five years probation. He encouraged her to kick the heroin habit and warned that if she violated her probation she would spend more time behind bars.

“If you don't get over it, you'll be wearing that color the rest of your life,” Forbeck said to Kvistad, who sat in an orange jail jumpsuit with her hands in a prayer position close to her mouth.

“I'm truly sorry to anybody who was affected by my behavior,” Kvistad said.

Kvistad was arrested in May. She and Kenneth Harris II, 31, were charged with swapping stolen TVs, laptops, jewelry and firearms for heroin or cocaine.

Kvistad told authorities she brought the stolen items to the Beloit home, 924 E. Grand Ave., where Christopher R. Harrell, Christopher J. Wright-El and Christine M. Wulf lived.

The three gave Kvistad amounts of heroin based on their appraisal of the items she provided, Kvistad told police.

When police searched the Beloit house in May, two cargo vans were needed to transfer all of the stolen items, including about two dozen flat-screen TVs.

Wright-El, Wulf and Harrell each were charged with one count of felony theft.

Wright-El's next court appearance is Jan. 16, Wulf's next appearance is March 7, and Harrell's next appearance is Feb. 18.

Harris remains in custody pending an April trial.

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