Hahnville man sentenced to serve 30 years for armed robbery murder

23-year-old Laron Toney, Jr.. was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison after he admitted to fatally shooting a Hahnville man during an attempted robbery in November of 2021.

Toney pled guilty to charges of manslaughter and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Judge Connie Aucoin sentenced Toney to 30 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections on the manslaughter conviction and 15 years on the firearm conviction.

Assistant District Attorney Deanne Williams presented two victim impact statements to the court through the testimony of the sister and nephew of the victim, Lionel Fiffie, who was a father of two. Following those impact statements, Judge Aucoin imposed the sentences and ordered those sentences to run concurrent with each other.

Fiffie, 66, was shot multiple times at approximately 1 a.m. on Nov. 15 of 2021. According to the Sheriff’s Office, it is believed Fiffie and Toney were arguing over money, specifically a debt allegedly owed by Fiffie to Toney.

Toney, also of Hahnville, was arrested at a Kenner apartment complex by St. Charles Parish officers in conjunction with the Kenner police department and the U.S. Marshals.

Toney was previously revoked for a probation violation by Judge Timothy Marcel and ordered to serve 10 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. Aucoin ordered the sentences that she imposed to run consecutively to that imposed by Marcel. The result of those orders is a total sentence of 40 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections for Toney.

“I would like to commend the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office for its thorough and efficient investigation resulting in the quick apprehension of the perpetrator of this senseless act of violence,” said First Assistant District Attorney, Juan A. Byrd. “I would be remiss if I did not recognize the efforts of Assistant District Attorney Deanne Williams, who worked diligently to resolve the case against Toney in a manner that serves the interests of justice and provides the family with the certainty and closure afforded by this plea and sentence.”


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