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Minneapolis man sentenced to 25 years for fatally shooting ex-boyfriend at gas station

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ST. PAUL, Minnesota — A Minneapolis man was sentenced Tuesday to more than 25 years in prison for fatally shooting his ex-boyfriend and business partner at a gas station last summer before leading police on a monthlong manhunt.

Lyle "Ty" Hoffman, who turned 45 Tuesday, pleaded guilty in January to second-degree intentional murder for killing 48-year-old Kelly Phillips, an attorney for medical device maker Boston Scientific.

When given a chance to speak in court, Hoffman shook his head and said, "No, your honor," the Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1LqrGIC ) reported.

Ramsey County Judge George Stephenson admonished Hoffman for not having the "decency" to take responsibility in his presentence investigation for the killing.

"Instead you tried to throw some blame on the victim," Stephenson said. "It's unconscionable."

After Stephenson had deputies take Hoffman from the courtroom, the judge addressed about three dozen of Phillips' family members and supporters.

"He's not worth your time," Stephenson said. "Good luck to you. You have my condolences."

At his plea hearing, Hoffman admitted that he shot Phillips three times at an Arden Hills gas station after a "heated argument" in Phillips' car about ownership of Lush Bar. The two men started and ran the northeast Minneapolis bar together until Phillips forced Hoffman out months before the shooting. Hoffman had no legal stake in the business.

Hoffman eluded police for a month after the shooting, and was arrested after he was seen at a fast-food drive-thru in Shakopee. He also was accused of robbing a bank while on the run.

Hoffman killed Phillips' on Aug. 11, the anniversary of Phillips' engagement to another man, Nathon Bailey. Phillips and Bailey were scheduled to wed two weeks later.


Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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PHOTO: FILE - This undated photo provided by Ramsey County, Minn., Sheriff's Office shows Lyle "Ty" Hoffman. Hoffman, charged with gunning down his ex-boyfriend and business partner at a Minnesota gas station faces sentencing Tuesday, March 17, 2015,  for second-degree intentional murder. He eluded police for a month after the killing last August and pleaded guilty Jan. 23, 2015, to second-degree intentional murder. (AP Photo/Ramsey County Sheriff's Office via The Star Tribune,File)

FILE - This undated photo provided by Ramsey County, Minn., Sheriff's Office shows Lyle "Ty" Hoffman. Hoffman, charged with gunning down his ex-boyfriend and business partner at a Minnesota gas station faces sentencing Tuesday, March 17, 2015, for second-degree intentional murder. He eluded police for a month after the killing last August and pleaded guilty Jan. 23, 2015, to second-degree intentional murder. (AP Photo/Ramsey County Sheriff's Office via The Star Tribune,File)

 

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