M'ville woman who lured man via website faces 7-year term

2013-11-12T19:30:00Z 2013-11-12T23:19:10Z M'ville woman who lured man via website faces 7-year termElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com
November 12, 2013 7:30 pm  • 

HAMMOND | Prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence a Merrillville woman to seven years in prison for her role in luring a man via an online dating website to a meeting where he was kidnapped and robbed.  

According to court documents, Diamond Toney, 19, and her boyfriend browsed an online dating website to look for someone they could rob as part of their plan to move to Mississippi. 

Toney pleaded guilty in September to charges of using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence and aiding and abetting. She is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 25.

Her boyfriend, Dedrick Bufkin, 20, was sentenced last month to five years in federal prison for his role in the scheme. 

Toney's attorneys argue in their sentencing memorandum that she has a history of mental illness and the crime was part of a spontaneous decision to move to Mississippi. 

According to court documents, Toney and a Sauk Village man started to chat in March on a dating website. Shortly after, the two arranged a meeting in Merrillville. 

Once the man arrived in Merrillville, Bufkin threatened him with a gun. The couple are accused of tying up the man, taking $100 from him and forcing him into the trunk of his car.

According to reports, they drove around aimlessly for hours, stopping at local stores and plotting other robberies. The Sauk Village man eventually was released from the trunk.

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