HAMMOND | A Merrillville woman accused of kidnapping and robbing a man she met through a dating website has accepted a plea agreement.
Diamond Toney agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge of aiding and abetting the brandishing of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. A kidnapping charge is expected to be dropped.
Toney faces at least seven years in prison but could be sentenced to life in prison, according to the plea agreement. She could also face a fine of $250,000.
According to affidavit, Toney began chatting March 17 with a Sauk Village man on an online dating website. The two made plans for the man, identified as K.B., to pick up Toney on March 20 in Merrillville.
The romantic encounter allegedly took a turn when Toney got into the man's car and Dedrick Bufkin pointed a gun through the driver's side at K.B. According to the affidavit, Bufkin and Toney tied up K.B. and took $100 from him, along with his cellphone and wallet. They placed him in the trunk of his car and drove around for a few hours.
The pair stopped at a few stores before releasing K.B. from the trunk and letting him drive off.
Bufkin, of Merrillville, accepted a similar plea agreement in June. Toney will have a formal plea hearing at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 17.