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Toney sentenced for murdering Youngstown man and wounding his wife

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Thirty-three-year-old Aubrey Toney of Youngstown receives the maximum punishment of 29 years to life in prison for firing the shots that killed 74-year-old Thomas Repchic of Youngstown, and wounded his wife on Youngstown's south side in September 2010.   A tragic case of mistaken identity according to prosecutors.

Toney did not appear to show any emotion when the sentence was handed down by Judge Maureen Sweeney in Mahoning County Court.

The Youngstown man was convicted back on June 7th of murder and two counts of felonious assault related to the drive-by.

Toney who did not wish to address the court at sentencing has always maintained he was not responsible for the shootings, adding that he was no where near the scene of the crime on the date it occurred.

The family of Thomas and Jacqueline Repchic filled the gallery of the courtroom, and their grandson Thomas McBride addressed the court speaking eloquently about memories of his grandfather and the impact the crime has had on his family. 

McBride also addressed Aubrey Toney saying, "When you set out on that journey that day, you set forward a whirlwind of grief and pain not only for my family, but for yours as well.  You changed everyone's path in life, including yours.  Here is my belief, someone who can set out and take a life does not deserve to live on this earth.  It is people like you that make the world such an ugly place.  ... Your honor my only hope is that the sentencing that you give to this man reflects the decision that he made that day.  Please remember this, he set out with the intent to play God and to take someone's life."

Chief Criminal Prosecutor Rebecca Doherty recommended the maximum sentence of 29 years to life saying, "It wasn't just he drove by and they shot a couple of times, he actually fired seven times into that vehicle.  Absolutely we are very satisfied with this sentence and this conviction."

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