Ty Hoffman gets another 57 months for robbing bank while on the run


The Twin Cities man already in prison for killing his former boyfriend and business partner has been sentenced for another crime that happened during the month he spent running from the law.

Lyle "Ty" Hoffman was sentenced to a 57-month (nearly five-year) federal prison sentence on Wednesday for the armed robbery of a TCF Bank branch in Blaine, Minnesota, according to a news release.

Those 57 months will be served consecutively with his 25 1/2-year behind bars, the release says. That means it'll be back-to-back, effectively upping his incarceration to almost 30 years.

This is despite a request from defense attorneys that the time be served concurrently, or at the same time as, his murder sentence.

He pleaded guilty to the robbery, which took place in August 2014. He was on the lam at the time, having fatally shot local attorney Kelly Phillips at an Arden Hills gas station following a dispute over their business.

Prosecutors say a gun-wielding Hoffman walked into the bank a couple weeks later and demanded money from a cashier at gunpoint, making off with around $12,000. A dye pack was put in with the money.

Hoffman was eventually tracked down at an Arby's in Shakopee thanks to a tip from an alert citizen.

The release says he had over $3,000 in dye-stained money from the robbery – which had also been found at the Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake and at the Mall of America – in his possession.

He pleaded guilty to shooting Phillips.

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