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January 16, 2014

Another defendant is sentenced in killing of businessman

Robert L. Frazier, 25, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and was sentenced to 12 years in prison for his role in a botched burglary that led to the death of Michael Tutera in 2010.

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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