Stepmother Pleads Guilty In Tyler McMillan Death, Gets 13 Years In Prison

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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  • by Mickie's Friend Location: Pitt County on Aug 8, 2009 at 05:51 AM
    Mickie McMillan loved her husband and sons: when she died, the grief was unbearable for them. Sandra was no substitute for Michelle. Tyler died protecting Ryan, for grieving for his mother. Brice was misled with tales of disobedience. Sandra worked hard to separate Brice from his parents, siblings, friends, and his church. Grief over Michelle, fear of failing in the 2nd marriage, enabled Sandra to warp Brice's perceptions. Many of you, readers, ask why not go to the police earlier. The crafty wife controlled husband and children with fear: they could not dare reveal her evil treatment of these beautiful boys of Michelle and Brice. That is why she compelled the move away from Belvoir: it was too hard to cover her heinous punishment of these little boys under the watchful eyes of family and friends. Misguided Biblical references enabled her to use the rod to drive the disobedience and disrespect, of her, from these children of God. An innocent child died; her punishment is yet to come.
  • by Judge Not Location: NC on Jul 10, 2009 at 01:03 PM
    Let those who have not sinned cast the first stone.
  • by American Biker Location: Eastern Nc on Jul 9, 2009 at 03:12 AM
    Justice today is shot everywhere. But you really want to see a joke, visit the Edgecombe county courthouse any day court is going on. From the DA on down. What a joke.
  • by Correction Location: Tarboro on Jul 6, 2009 at 08:06 PM
    George - The Grandparents have Sandy's daughter, not the couples' remaining children. They have no children together. Brice's child is in NC with his family. There are other family members that would be happy to raise Bree and they are not forced to start parenting again. I just hope they get Bree the couseling that she needs. Sandy admitted no guilt in the court room and took no responsibility for her actions. Bree lived in that house and saw what her mother did.
  • by George Location: Hollingsworth on Jul 6, 2009 at 03:59 PM
    I have been close friends to the parents of the convicted woman for many years, and my heart goes out to them in this horrible tradgedy. They are the most gentle and caring people one could hope to know, pillars of the community deeply caring about the welfare of their many friends.They have always been incredibly loving to their children, and have never abused them.Also, as is generally the case with all grandparents, they love to spoil their grandchildren. Now, in the twilight of their years, when they should be preparing to retire, this terrible calamnity has come upon them , permanently changing their lives as at retirement age they are forced to start parenting again with the convicted couple's remaining children. To have their Golden years robbed from them, and at the same time come to terms with the fact that one of their children could do such a thing. This sort of crime reaches out in a multitude of directions and harms many people innocent of any wrongdoing.
  • by ThereButForTheGraceOfGod Location: USA on Jul 2, 2009 at 08:12 PM
    A nice article: "The generational cycle of domestic violence can be broken; but in order to fix a problem, we as a community need to own up to having one. An examination of this case could become a valuable learning tool for many parents – but only if they will open their hearts and minds to the possibility that there but for the grace of God goes each and every parent that ever lost control of their ability to reason and reacted with anger when dealing with the antics of a disobedient child." http://www.dailysoutherner.com/archivesearch/local_story_183100853.html
  • by TO M.J. Location: Texas on Jul 2, 2009 at 08:42 AM
    You're right, MJ. Point well taken. I for one am signing off on this debate. It must be torture for the family right now.
  • by M.J. Location: Greenville, NC on Jul 1, 2009 at 06:46 PM
    Once again people have missed the point. I am happy that people are praying for Ryan and Brianna...that was not what I meant by NONSENSE. I meant all of the comments about tying their parents to a tree, letting Bubba and Sheila get ahold of them in jail, etc...We all know that they did wrong, but why torture their families with more talk of violence? Brice and Sandy's families still love them and have feelings for them. It doesn't make it any easier to think about someone torturing them. Tyler is gone. GONE! Stop all of this NONSENSE and let them have peace and time to grieve without more evil thoughts every time they turn around. They are wonderful people and they are suffering so badly. Just have some common courtesy, please!!!
  • by greenville mom on Jul 1, 2009 at 01:04 PM
    M.J. I agree to let the family heal, but NONSENSE? that's not a word i would use in light of the circumstances. We weren't there, but can there POSSIBLY be a justification for the torture that child endured? Unless he was satan himself, I think not. I have 2 children of my own and yes, they do things to make me crazy, but I could never harm them no matter what they do! I pray for the remaining children that they can get past all of this and that they NEVER see their parents again. RIP Tyler
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Jul 1, 2009 at 11:01 AM
    They get 10 to 12. Tyler was given the death sentence. Where is the justice in that?
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