Lyle "Ty" Hoffman was sentenced to 25 1/2 years in prison Tuesday for the murder of his ex-lover and former business partner Kelly Phillips.
Stephenson reprimanded Hoffman for not having the "decency" to take responsibility for the murder, but "instead tried to throw some blame on the victim. ... It's unconscionable," he said, the Star Tribune notes.
Hoffman did not make a statement, but several of Phillips' family members did, including Nathon Bailey, Phillips' fiancé.
Bailey told Stephenson Phillips was undergoing therapy for abuse he suffered from his relationship with Hoffman, FOX 9 reporter Ted Haller tweeted.
After Hoffman was taken out of the courtroom, Stephenson told Phillips' dozens of family members that he is "not worth your time" and gave his condolences to them.
Hoffman admitted to shooting Phillips three times at an Arden Hill gas station following an argument over the operations of Lush Bar, where the two were business partners for years.
Following the shooting, Hoffman was on the lam for a month, prompting multiple manhunts across the Twin Cities, including at a Blaine airport and the Mystic Lake casino.