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Ty Hoffman sentenced to 25 1/2 years for murder of ex-boyfriend Kelly Phillips


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.

Hoffman, 44, pleaded guilty in January to second-degree murder in the Aug. 11, 2014, shooting death of the 48-year-old Boston Scientific executive.

Ramsey County District Judge George Stephenson sentenced Hoffman to 25 1/2 years in prison, as expected, the Star Tribune says. At least 17 of those years must be behind bars, WCCO reports.

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.

Police finally caught up to him thanks to a tip from an alert citizen. He was arrested Sept. 11, 2014, near an Arby's in Shakopee.

During that time, police believe Hoffman robbed a bank in Blaine and laundered the dyed money through slot machines at the casino.

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