Man convicted of teen’s murder to learn fate

Leron Porter seen during his 2013 murder trial for the 2011 murder of 17-year-old Tiphany Tallo.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Nearly three months after a jury convicted him shooting and killing a 17-year-old girl, Leron Porter will be sentenced for the 2011 crime Thursday morning.

Porter is facing a maximum of two consecutive life sentences, plus 35 additional consecutive years when he’s sentenced in Providence Superior Court, said Amy Kempe, public information office for Rhode Island’s attorney general.

Just days after being released from prison, Porter shot and killed 17-year-old Tiphany Tallo May 9, 2011. In addition to convicting him on the murder charge, the jury in December also found Porter guilty of discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, death resulting; and possession of a firearm after being previously convicted of a crime of violence.

Police said Tallo was shot and killed after Porter and several of his family members showed up at her Spruce Street home in Providence’s Federal Hill neighborhood, with intentions of fighting her 19-year-old sister. They said members of the Porter family began to stab Tallo’s sister with a knife and beat her with a bat-type object. When Tallo tried to intervene, Porter shot her.

“The jury did its job,” R.I. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said after the trial. ” We’re pleased with the results. He is going to go to jail for a long time, and rightfully so.”

After the conviction, Mark Dana, Porter’s attorney, maintained his client’s innocence and said they plan to appeal.

The trial lasted about a month and the jury reached its guilty verdict in just five hours.

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