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Bradenton judge confirms William Cumber's 20-year prison sentence in Sabine Musil-Buehler murder

Interview with William Cumber about death of Sabine MusilBuehler

In interview with authorities, William Cumber describes how he killed and then buried the body of his girlfriend Sabine Musil-Buehler in November 2008
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In interview with authorities, William Cumber describes how he killed and then buried the body of his girlfriend Sabine Musil-Buehler in November 2008

BRADENTON -- A judge confirmed William Cumber's 20-year prison sentence Wednesday after he satisfied conditions of his plea agreement by detailing for detectives how he strangled Sabine Musil-Buehler in 2008 and where her remains were buried.

On Oct. 15, Cumber pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in the death of the Anna Maria Island resident, who was last seen Nov. 4, 2008. As part of a plea agreement, the judge ruled she would sentence him to 20 years in prison.

After his plea, Cumber gave Manatee County Sheriff's Office detectives a detailed confession on how he struck Musil-Buehler twice and then choked her to death.

Escorted by detectives and members of the SWAT team, Cumber directed them to where he buried her body beneath a metal canopy near 81st Street in Holmes Beach.

On Friday, crime scene technicians with the sheriff's office unearthed a skeleton along with a pair of Converse sneakers Musil-Buehler was last seen wearing.

An autopsy on the remains later confirmed they belonged to Musil-Buehler.

Had he not cooperated, Cumber could have been sentenced to a little more than 22 years in prison.

If he had been convicted during a trial originally scheduled for next month, he could have been sentenced to life in prison.

His sentence will run concurrently with a 13.5-year sentence for violating probation for an unrelated arson conviction. Cumber will also get credit for time served.

Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-7454-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.

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