Ty Hoffman reverses course, pleads guilty in killing of Kelly Phillips

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Lyle "Ty" Hoffman, the lone suspect in the killing of his former business and romantic partner Kelly Phillips, pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder charges Friday, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office announced.

The 44-year-old appeared in a Ramsey County court at about 1:30 p.m. for a plea hearing.

He'll be sentenced on March 17.

Hoffman originally entered a not guilty plea in connection with the case.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said they are "pleased" with the guilty plea, as it "spares the victim’s family and everyone who loved Kelly Phillips the burden and uncertainty of a trial.”

Phillips was shot multiple times moments after stepping out of a vehicle at a gas station in Arden Hills, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office has said. The shooter then fled.

WCCO has additional details of what Hoffman said in court Friday about what led to the shooting.

Investigators quickly tabbed Hoffman as a suspect, but he eluded capture for weeks. Police charged him while he was on the run. He was arrested exactly one month after the shooting, spotted while walking through an Arby’s drive-through in Shakopee.

During his time on the run, Hoffman became a suspect in a Blaine bank robbery. Choi said he's confident Hoffman "will be held accountable" for any crimes related to that as well.

Hoffman's trial was set to start Feb. 17.

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