A Jackson County judge on Thursday sentenced a 25-year-old man to 12 years in prison for his role in a botched burglary that led to the death of businessman Michael Tutera in May 2010.
Robert L. Frazier pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary in late October and agreed to give a complete statement to Kansas City police.
In a second-degree murder charge filed last year, authorities said Frazier was involved in the planning and execution of the burglary to steal a watch, drugs, guns and phones from Tutera’s home. Tutera, 49, was shot during the burglary.
Prosecutors agreed to reduce the charge after establishing that Frazier remained in a vehicle outside.
Three others have received sentences ranging from 14 to 25 years in prison. Two final defendants, Joel Thomas and Michael Dear, are awaiting trial.
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