Cumber admits to probation violation
The boyfriend of missing motel-owner Sabine Musil-Buehler admitted to
a violation of probation charge in a Bradenton courtroom
William J. Cumber’s sentencing was scheduled for later
this year and he will remain at the Manatee County jail.
Cumber, 39, is the last known person to
see Musil-Buehler, co-owner of Haley’s
Motel in Holmes Beach. She was reported missing on Nov. 6, 2008. He saw her late
on Nov. 4, 2008, when he said they argued about his cigarette-smoking and she
left the Anna Maria apartment they were renting.
In late December 2008, about
a month after Musil-Buehler disappeared, Cumber was
arrested in Marion County and pleaded guilty to driving without a license.
was soon after charged with violating the conditions
of his probation on a 2005 arson conviction. Cumber, according to probation
documents, was not supposed to leave Manatee County without approval
from his probation officer. He also was not to be convicted of another
Appearing before Manatee County Circuit
Court Judge Gilbert Smith Jr. with his attorney, Thomas
Ostrander, Cumber admitted to the probation violation, but said he wanted
a sentencing hearing.
Cumber faces 30 years in prison.
For more on this story, read the April 22 edition
of The Islander.