Miranda Miller — who admitted in court that she helped abuse her 3-year-old son Evan Brewer in the months before his death — probably won't face more than 27 1/2 years in prison because of a plea deal she worked out with prosecutors.
Her boyfriend, Stephen Bodine, meanwhile could be sentenced to life in prison plus additional time if he's convicted of first-degree felony murder and the other crimes with which he's charged. On Tuesday following a two-day preliminary hearing, Sedgwick County District Judge Steve Ternes bound Bodine over for trial. There are six charges: two counts of first-degree felony murder, two of aggravated kidnapping, one of child abuse and one of aggravated child endangerment.
His trial date is set for May 21.
In the deal Miller worked out with prosecutors, she agreed to testify truthfully against Bodine about the extent of the torture Evan suffered, what she remembers about the day he died and afterward. She took the witness stand both Monday and Tuesday during Bodine's preliminary hearing to relay horrific and heartbreaking details of Evan's final days.
The account is the most detailed description of what happened to Evan given to date.
In exchange for testifying, Miller will be allowed to plead guilty to second-degree intentional murder, aggravated kidnapping, abuse of a child and aggravated child endangerment, Sedgwick County Deputy District Attorney Justin Edwards said in court.
The deal won't be finalized and her guilty plea entered until after she fulfills her part of the bargain and Bodine's trial is over.
Right now, Miller is charged with first-degree felony murder in connection with Evan's death. If she changes her mind about the plea deal, she will face that charge.
Evan's body was found encased in concrete on Sept. 2 in the south Wichita rental home where he lived with his mother and Bodine. The landlord of the house, 2037 S. Vine, discovered a massive concrete and wood structure in the laundry room and called police when he cracked it open.
In court this week, Miller admitted to doling out some of the abuse Evan suffered between March and May 2017 including beatings, allowing food and clothing to be withheld as punishment and placing a belt around Evan's neck so he could be chained naked to a basement wall.
But she pointed to Bodine as her son's killer.
Evan was killed sometime between May 18 and May 22 or 23, she said. The day he died, he had been sick for three days. He was force fed breakfast after he refused to eat, slapped when he gagged and made to stand in a corner for hours. When Evan collapsed, Bodine yanked him up, slapped him "full strength" and hauled the screaming boy into the bathroom, Miller testified. The next time she saw them, Evan was wet and unresponsive and Bodine told her to perform CPR.
He didn't recover.