Criminal Justice

Merrillville Woman Sentenced in Kidnapping Scheme

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November 27, 2013 — A Merrillville woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for her part in a kidnapping scheme which began on an online dating website.

The U.S. District Attorney’s office announced today that 19-year-old Diamond Toney was sentenced to 84 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of use of a firearm during a crime of violence.

The District Attorney says according to court documents, Toney used an online dating website to establish a relationship with a man who agreed to meet her near her home in Merrillville.  Court records say that when the man arrived Toney and an accomplice, Dedrick Bufkin, armed with a gun, tied the man up with string and duct tape before forcing him into the trunk of his car, taking money, a cell phone, and a wallet from the man and holding him captive for nearly five hours.

In October, Bufkin was sentenced to five years in prison and two years supervised release for his part in the crime.


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