The stepmother of a 13-year-old boy who died last year after being tied to a tree has pleaded guilty.
Sandra McMillan entered an Alford plea to second-degree murder in an Edgecombe County courtroom. An Alford plea is when a person pleads guilty and maintains their innocence, but admits there's enough evidence to find them guilty.
A judge sentenced her to serve between 13 and 16-1/2 years in prison.
Earlier this month McMillan's husband, Brice McMillan, also pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for his testimony against his wife. He was sentenced Monday to serve just under 10-1/2 years to 13-1/4 years in prison.
Tyler McMillan died last summer, according to an autopsy from dehydration and heat stroke.
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