Howland man indicted on aggravated murder, aggravated robbery

Staff report


A Trumbull County grand jury has indicted Bradley Milligan, 48, of Howland on two counts of aggravated murder and one count of aggravated robbery in the death of his sister, Laura Michael, 51.

Milligan could be convicted on both murder counts, but could be sentenced on only one of them. If convicted, he could get a life prison sentence with no parole.

Howland police found Laura Michael dead Dec. 18 in the basement of the home Milligan and Michael shared on Howland Springs Road. They had been called there by Michael’s daughter, who had not heard from her mother in a couple of days.

Michael had been bludgeoned to death, and her car was missing. Police later found her car at the Super Kmart in Howland.

The aggravated-robbery charge relates to the missing car and a debit card.

Also indicted Friday in common pleas court was Chong Suk Williams, 71, of Cool Springs Church, Mercer, Pa., on two counts of bribery.

Williams, owner of Suzi Kim’s Spa on Youngstown Road in Niles, was accused by Niles police of trying twice to bribe an inspector with the Niles Fire Department in July.

The bribes purportedly were offered in an attempt to get a favorable report so the spa could reopen after Niles officials closed it down earlier for violations of health, income-tax, fire, building and zoning and police ordinances.

Milligan and Williams are expected to be arraigned next week.

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