Criminal Justice

Five-year Federal Jail Term for Merrillville Man

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October 18, 2013 — A Merrillville man has a five-year federal prison sentence today for his part in holding a man captive in his own car trunk.

The United States Attorney’s Office in Hammond reports that 20-year-old Dedrick Bufkin pleaded “guilty” to the felony offense of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence in the case US v Toney et al.

Federal documents say Diamond Toney established on online relationship with the victim through a dating website before Toney and Bufkin, armed with a gun, met the victim at an arranged site, tied him up with string and duct tape and ordered him into the trunk of his own vehicle.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Toney and Bufkin took money, a cell phone and wallet from the victim and held him captive in the trunk for approximately five hours before letting him go.

 

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