- Associated Press - Monday, October 3, 2016

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - A man charged with murder in the death of a woman whose body was buried under a horse corral was sentenced to 18½ to 55 years in prison.

Ronald Williams received his punishment Monday in Muskegon County Circuit Court in the 2014 death of Bobbie Maples, 32.

Muriel Maples, the victim’s mother, said the minimum sentence given Williams was too short.

“Please do not let him out at the 18½-year mark as he will still be old enough to do this again,” Maples told the court.

Williams pleaded no contest in August to second-degree murder in the slaying of Bobbie Maples.

Maples disappeared in December 2014, days after giving birth. Her body was found 13 months later near a Fruitland Township barn.

Williams was serving time for a drug-related conviction. He told investigators that he “administered” drugs to Maples and was present when she died.

Police said she had duct tape over her nose and mouth and a plastic bag over her head.

Bobbie is now at peace,” Muriel Maples said. “But I ask please do not let her die in vain. Do not let her death be worth anything less than life itself.”

Judge Timothy Hicks said after sentencing Williams: “We will just have to trust the parole board to do its job.”

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