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Rowan man sentenced for funeral-day burglary

SALISBURY -- A Rowan County man has been sentenced to prison for his role in a burglary of a family who was away from home, burying their young son.

Bobby Milam, 26, was sentenced Thursday by Judge Erwin Spainhour to 20 to 41 months in prison after entering a guilty plea in Rowan County Superior Court.

Milam and Jessica Williams, 22, were arrested by Rowan County sheriff’s deputies Sept. 21 and charged with breaking and entering and larceny. They were accused of burglarizing the home of Jessica Kepley and Nick Munn, on the day of the funeral for 13-month-old Parker Lee Munn.

Parker died Sept. 11 after wandering away from home and accidentally drowning in a decorative pond at a neighbor’s house. Deputies say the burglars took a variety of electronic equipment along with person items from Kepley’s and Munn’s home. Among the items taken were several personal belongings of Parker’s, including a Bible.

Deputies say several of those items were found burned in a trash can behind the house. Other items were sold at a Rowan County pawn shop, investigators say.

Williams, who lived with Milam, was sentenced last month to six months in prison. She also was ordered to pay restitution to the family -- $3,000 for the items that were in Parker’s room, and $5,000 for other items taken from the house. It is not clear if Milam also was ordered to pay restitution.

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