Thursday, March 24, 2011

Joseph Hendrix gets 25 years for murdering Michael Tutera

Posted By on Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 1:30 PM

click to enlarge Joseph Hendrix is going to prison.
  • Joseph Hendrix is going to prison.

The 16-year-old accused of paying his brother an extra $20 for killing Kansas City businessman Michael J. Tutera has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Joseph Hendrix was sentenced Thursday to 25 years for second-degree murder, 15 years for first-degree burglary and 10 years for armed criminal action. The sentences will run concurrently, and Hendrix must serve 85 percent of the murder sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Hendrix pleaded guilty in January to the charges.

Tutera was killed in a robbery turned homicide at his home on Sunset Drive on May 27, 2010. "Well, you killed him; you get the extra $20," Joseph Hendrix was quoted as telling Matthew as they divided up the cash that they'd allegedly stolen from Tutera.Â

A witness told police that he overheard the Hendrix brothers plotting the robbery of Tutera and was with them when they met five men with guns at Loose Park, just prior to going to Tutera's home.

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Michael Tutera
The witness allegedly waited in the getaway car with the younger Hendrix (who had given his brother the keypad combination to open Tutera's garage door) while Matthew Hendrix and two black men went to rob Tutera. But when they heard gunshots, Joseph Hendrix ran to check on his brother.

When Hendrix didn't come back after five minutes, the witness went to check on him. He saw Tutera lying in the garage and claimed that Joseph Hendrix was searching the home for stuff to steal. Hendrix allegedly ended up with Tutera's wallet and divided the money (giving everyone in the car a $40 cut, except for his brother, who got the extra $20).

On the morning of the murder, police canvased the area near Hendrix's home. In a nearby Dumpster, they found Tutera's wallet.

In an interview with police, Joseph Hendrix admitted everything but stealing Tutera's wallet. Jackson County prosecutors have also charged Matthew Hendrix, an 18-year-old University of Missouri-Kansas City student, and Troy J. Davis, 22, with second-degree murder, armed criminal action and burglary. Joel Thomas, 19, and Michael Dear, 20, are also facing second-degree murder charges.


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