Stephen Bodine was sentenced to 109 years Monday for the murder of 3-year-old Evan Brewer.
“We don’t have to worry about him getting out and hurting other people or children,” said Carlo Brewer, Evan Brewer’s father. “It’s turned into a pretty good day. “
Carlo says, while it won’t bring back his son, justice is served.
Back in October, Bodine was found guilty on all charges, including two counts of first-degree felony murder, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, one count of child abuse and one count of aggravated child endangerment. All counts will be served back to back for a total sentence of 1,314 months.
Evan’s body was found encased in concrete in September 2017. Prosecutors presented hundreds of pieces of evidence, including parts of Evan’s concrete tomb found in the rental home where he lived with his mother, Miranda Miller, and Bodine.
Miller pleaded guilty in November to second-degree murder and other charges. Her plea deal required her to testify against Bodine. She is due to be sentenced in January.
In court Monday, Bodine’s defense tried to appeal the verdict and ask for a new trial. Bodine’s attorney claimed several witnesses openly wept during the trial. Stephen Bodine also claimed he saw several jurors fall asleep. Prosecutors said the defense should have said something at the time of the trial. The judge denied both motions for a new trial.
Now with Bodine behind bars, Evan’s father called it a good day for justice.
“It was emotional. The outcome of it was the best possible outcome I could think of,” said Brewer.
Evan’s family is pleased the judge denied a request by the defense for a new trial. They also have a family attorney who says they do plan on filing a federal lawsuit following Evan Brewer’s death.
“First, let me say we are very pleased with this sentence,” said Shayla Johnston, attorney for the Brewer family. “The DA’s office did a great job in getting a conviction.”
“So our next phase will be focusing on the state actors who prevented Carlo from protecting his son,” said Johnston. “We will hold another (press conference) one of these, coming up.”
Johnston said some of those who could be named in what will be a federal lawsuit could include but not be limited to Sedgwick County, the Wichita Police Department and at least one judge who was not involved in Monday’s sentencing.
Other family members say, while a lawsuit is possible, they are focused on trying to move forward after the conviction and sentencing of Bodine.
“The DA’s office, they did a great job,” said Evan Brewer’s aunt, Carol Brewer. “And we had a lot of people helping out so that’s much appreciated. Evan deserved justice ,and we deserve some peace.”