Boyfriend pleads guilty to manslaughter in death of Cheryl Hart, agrees to 30 years prison
EUGENE, Ore. - A man accused of killing his girlfriend and dumping her body in Southern Oregon will serve 30 years in prison as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Police took Milutin into custody the following night on unrelated charges.
Hart was reported missing that same day.
Investigators uncovered video evidence that showed Milutin alone in Eugene the morning of August 5 and around midday in Klamath Falls, 173 miles away.
Police took him into custody in Eugene at 10 p.m. that day after finding him driving a stolen car.
A search party organized by Hart's family found her body in Klamath County in September 2016.
A grand jury indicted Milutin on charges of murder and abuse of a corpse in Hart's death.
On Tuesday, Milutin pleaded guilty in a negotiated plea agreement.
Prosecutors dropped the murder and abuse of corpse charges in exchange for a guilty plea on charges of Manslaughter in the First Degree and Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle In the First Degree. In a separate case, Milutin pleaded guilty to three counts of Identity Theft.
In the plea agreement, Milutin agreed to serve 30 years in prison. That includes twice the mandatory minimum sentence for manslaughter, as well as consecutive sentences on the other charges. He will have to serve time on each charge one after the other. Some prison sentences are structured concurrently, where an offender serves time on multiple counts at the same time.
Milutin is due back in court June 1 for sentencing.