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

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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