St. Helens man pleads guilty to charges over death of girlfriend
A St. Helens man pleaded guilty to manslaughter and identify theft among other charges last week, following the death of his girlfriend,
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Jeremy Milutin, 38, of St. Helens, is expected to face sentencing Friday, June 1, for his involvement in the death of his girlfriend, Cheryl Hart of St. Helens, in 2016.
Milutin filed a guilty plea in Lane County Circuit Court on May 22. He originally faced charges of murder, abuse of a corpse, identity theft, second-degree theft, third-degree robbery and unlawful use of a vehicle and attempting to elude a police officer.
Under the plea deal, Milutin has been convicted on charges of first-degree manslaughter, unauthorized use of a vehicle, three counts of identity theft, and one count of third-degree robbery, which would result in a 360 month, or 30 year, prison sentence.
Manslaughter is a Class A felony punishable by a $375,000 fine and 20 years of incarceration, while identify theft and unlawful use of a vehicle are both Class C felonies punishable by five years incarceration and a $125,000 fine, court documents indicate.
According to police reports and family accounts, Hart, who was 35 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen with Milutin, her then 36-year old boyfriend, in Eugene on Aug. 4, 2016. The family lost contact with Hart sometime afterward and reported her missing to the Eugene Police Department on Aug. 8.
Police reports show Hart was last seen at a residence in Eugene with Milutin, before security videos show Milutin alone at several stores in Eugene the morning of Aug. 5. Milutin was spotted at noon the same day alone in Klamath Falls nearly 175 miles south, and by 10 p.m. that night
he was again located alone in Eugene driving a stolen vehicle.
In September 2016, Hart's body was found in a remote area of Chiloquin in Klamath County, more than a month after she was reported missing by her family in Columbia County. A series of private searches organized and paid for by Hart's family resulted in the discovery of Hart's remains.
Milutin is scheduled for a sentencing hearing at 9 a.m. Friday, June 1.