Joseph Hendrix did pay his older brother an extra $20 from money stolen during Tutera's murder. The 17-year-old pleaded guilty in January. A judge sentenced him in March to 25 years for second-degree murder, 15 years for first-degree burglary and 10 years for armed criminal action. The sentences were to run concurrently. But the judge had second thoughts.
Judge Sandra Midkiff reduced Hendrix's sentences to 14 years for second-degree murder, three years for armed criminal action and 12 years for burglary, according to The Kansas City Star.
“I, on further reflection, have concluded that the sentence as pronounced was too large based on a number of factors,” the paper quoted Midkiff. “It seems that the same sentence as the person who pulled the trigger for the shot that killed Michael Tutera is inappropriate."
The trigger man, Matthew Hendrix, received 25 years. His take from the murder: $60.