EASTON, Pa. – Four teens involved in the robbery and shooting death of Whitehall senior Aiden Toussaint face sentencing Friday in the Northampton County Courthouse in Easton.
More than 100 friends and family members of Toussaint packed the courthouse for an emotional day. Among them, 10 people offered victim impact statements.
They made clear Toussaint came from a close-knit family and had a ton of friends who have been deeply impacted by his death. He's remembered as an outgoing, kind 17-year-old who would have been serving in the Air Force if he were still alive.
The four teens will be sentenced by Judge John Morganelli.
Among the charges:
- Danielle Lyons: Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Simple Assault.
- Isaac Bringuez: Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery.
- Christopher Nieves: Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Aggravated Assault.
- Gabriel Ramos: Third-Degree Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery
Prosecutors say in September 2020, four teens contacted Toussaint on Snapchat and asked to meet at Saucon Park in Bethlehem so they could buy about $600 worth of marijuana. Investigators say the intent was to rob him.
After a confrontation and guns were pulled by both involved, Toussaint's turned out to be a BB gun. Ramos ended up shooting Toussaint twice.
During the court proceedings Friday, loved ones of the defendants and some of the defendants themselves also spoke.
So far, Bringuez spoke, and said he's sorry and takes responsibility for his actions.
Given that the defendants are teens, school officials also offered their take. Several people from Whitehall High School wrote letters in support of Toussaint. School officials from other districts shared support and asked for grace and leniency for Lyons.
Check back for updates as the sentencing continues and concludes Friday.