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Penalty will not include death penalty

Toney facing 26 years to life for murder of Youngstown man

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A 33-year-old Youngstown man has been convicted of firing the shots that killed 74-year-old Thomas Repchic of Youngstown and wounded his wife on Youngstown's south side in September 2010.  However Aubrey Toney will not face the death penalty.

After deliberating from late Thursday until late Friday, a jury in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court refused to find Aubrey Toney guilty of aggravated murder. 

Instead the panel convicted Toney of the the less serious charge of murder and two counts of felonious assault.

The jury could not come to a unanimous agreement on the charges of attempted murder.

As a result, Toney faces the possibility of 26-years-to-life in prison when he is sentenced later.

Toney has said he was not responsible for the shootings, adding that he was no where near the scene of the crime on the date it occurred.

Lori McBride, one of the daughters of Thomas Repchic issued a statement for the family following the verdict saying, "We are extremely pleased and have been patiently waiting for this day.  The past four years have been extremely stressful for our family.  The duress, all physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually that our family has endured one cannot even imagine what we have been going through.  Now that justice has been served we can finally attempt to begin our healing process and seek final closure."


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