The family of a man who was shot to death in September 2010 on a South Side street in a case of mistaken identity is happy the man charged in the crime was found guilty Friday, even though he is not eligible for the death penalty.
Lori McBride, daughter of Thomas and Jacqueline Repchic, said the murder charge for which jurors found Aubrey Toney guilty in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court means he will be in prison for a long time.
“Now that justice has been served, we can finally begin our healing process and seek closure,” McBride said.
Toney, 33, was accused of the murder of 74-year-old Thomas Repchic and the wounding of his wife, Jacqueline, then 74, as they were driving in a car at Southern Boulevard and East Philadelphia Avenue on Sept. 25, 2010. He faced the death penalty for the killing but was found not guilty of aggravated murder. He was found guilty of murder and two counts of felonious assault with firearm specifications.
Jurors could not reach a verdict on a charge of attempted murder for the wounding of Jacqueline Repchic.
He faces a total sentence of 26 years to life in prison, A sentencing date has not been set.
Read more about the verdict and the case in Saturday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.