Man Gets 30 Years in Duluth Landlord Killing

Updated: 05/22/2014 4:34 PM
Created: 05/22/2014 4:32 PM

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - A northeastern Minnesota man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for fatally stabbing a Duluth landlord.

Forty-two-year-old Raymond Weeks pleaded guilty in March to intentional second-degree murder.

Judge Shaun Floerke accepted the plea deal and sentenced Weeks on Thursday. Weeks was given credit for 263 days he already has served in jail.

Weeks pleaded guilty to stabbing 54-year-old Duluth landlord Kevin Tyman in December 2012. Tyman died hours after a single stab wound lacerated his liver.

During the sentencing hearing, Tyman's brother, Gary, said Kevin helped the homeless. He "made a tremendous impact in our little community...Kevin helped a lot of people he hardly knew."

Gary Tyman said the 30-year sentence isn't enough. However, he acknowledged that "it's not going to bring my brother back either so we're not going to be bitter for the rest of our lives. It was a crime that was perpetrated and there is nothing you can do about it now. The guy is going to prison and hopefully he can find some peace there."

According to a criminal complaint, the motive for the crime was related to an alleged sexual assault by the victim. In court, Weeks' said "you cannot paint for me a pretty picture of Tyman and his actions."

Gary Tyman told us there is no evidence or investigation about those allegations.

Weeks' co-defendant, 32-year-old Joella Lee Tucker, pleaded guilty in March to aiding and abetting second-degree murder for her role in Tyman's death. She'll be sentenced next week.

Tyman was Tucker's former landlord. Authorities alleged she persuaded Weeks to kill Tyman.

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Raymond Weeks, right, was sentenced to 30 years Thursday. Joella Lee Tucker, left, will be sentenced next week.

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