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Former U Of I Bands Director Pleads Guilty

Robert Rumbelow

Robert Rumbelow has resigned as the University of Illinois' director of bands amid an investigation into the sale of more than $50,000 worth of school musical instruments. (L. Brian Stauffer)

The former director of bands at the University of Illinois has pleaded guilty to stealing musical instruments from the school and sentenced to a form of probation.

Robert Rumbelow pleaded guilty Tuesday in Champaign County Circuit Court to one count of felony theft. According to The News-Gazette, he was sentenced to two years of conditional discharge.
 
Rumbelow declined comment through his attorney.

According to prosecutors the 48-year-old Rumbelow stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of instruments in 2012 and sold them. He put the money in a personal bank account and initially claimed he sold them to help finance building repairs for his department on campus.
 
He resigned from his job and repaid the university $87,600 for the value of the instruments