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Life sentence handed down for Howland murder

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WARREN, Ohio - A Columbus man is sentenced to life in prison for fatally beating his own sister at a Howland Township home.

Bradley Milligan, 48, appeared in Trumbull County Common Pleas court on Thursday to enter a guilty plea to one count of aggravated murder, one of two counts he faced if he were to go to trial.

Milligan was sentenced to life in prison, with no possibility of parole for 20 years.

Back in December, authorities found the body of his 51-year-old sister, Laura L. Michael, of Columbus,  hidden in a corner of the basement at the Howland Springs Road home that belonged to her deceased father.

Milligan offered no apology to his family and Michael's friend who sat emotional in the court as they waited to learn how long he'll be put away.

Michel's daughter believes her mother didn't have the heart to turn her uncle away, even though they had a troubled past.

"It was getting worse, I believe she knows that it's not her fault, but she should have kept him away," Veronica Baragona says.

Baragona initially called police because she had not heard from her mother in two days and found that unusual.

When officers arrived at the home, Milligan told them he had not seen his sister that day and allowed them to check the residence.

 

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