Convicted killer gets 2 life sentences plus 35 years

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A man convicted of shooting a Providence teen to death just days after being released from prison will soon be back behind bars.

Back in December, a jury found Leron Porter, 33, guilty of murdering 17-year-old Tiphany Tallo after five hours of deliberation.

Porter was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus an additional 35 years Thursday, according to the Attorney General’s office.

Police said Porter, his family, and two female friends drove to Tallo’s home on Spruce Street and confronted her sister about an argument earlier that day. The teen tried to intervene, and that’s when she was shot in the chest by Porter.

At the time of Tallo’s murder, Porter was on supervised federal parole after serving seven and a half years for a gun violation.

“Leron Porter has rejected every opportunity that he was afforded to live a lawful life,” Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said in a statement. “Since his youth, Porter’s criminal activities grew more violent, from drugs to guns, ending in the shooting and killing of Tiphany Tallo. Less than two weeks from being released from federal prison, Porter picked up a gun and killed a young woman. Our habitual statute is in place to address violent criminals like Leron Porter. For his violent actions and disregard for human life, Leron Porter will deservedly spend the rest of his life behind bars.”

Kilmartin’s office said Porter was given one life sentence for second-degree murder, a consecutive life sentence for discharging a firearm while committing an act of violence, death resulting, a consecutive 10-year sentence for the possession of a firearm after being previously convicted of a crime of violence, and a consecutive 25-year sentence for being a habitual offender.

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