Thu., 12:58 pm: Man sentenced to life in Howland murder

Judge Ronald Rice today sentenced Bradley Milligan, 48, to life in prison with parole eligiblity after 20 years for the December murder of his sister, Laura Michael, 51, in the Howland home they shared.

In January, Rice unsealed an affidavit used by Howland police to gain a warrant to search the home at 8762 Howland Springs Road and to get a DNA sample from Milligan after he was arrested. The affidavit points out that the woman’s daughter, Katina Baragona, who was at the house when police arrived on Dec. 18, noticed her mother’s purse and cigarette tobacco were still at the house and didn’t match details of the story that Milligan had given police.

In an initial search of the house, police found the woman’s bludgeoned body in a light colored blanket in Milligan’s basement bedroom, which was locked. Police also found a utility knife in his right rear pocket and considerable evidence including blood on his work boots.

Milligan had a history of abusing his sister and was convicted of domestic violence in 2012 after Michael told police he had assaulted and threatened to kill her. Police and relatives said he had lived with his sister “off and on” for the past two years.