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Date of Issue: April 16, 2009

Cumber admits to probation violation

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Cumber, 39

The boyfriend of missing motel-owner Sabine Musil-Buehler admitted to a violation of probation charge in a Bradenton courtroom April 14.

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.

He 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 offense.

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.