A Jefferson County jury has returned guilty verdicts in the first degree murder of 44-year-old Philip Peny. Toussaint Lamar Hampton, DOB: 12-14-93 shot and killed Mr. Peny after he lured him to a location in Lakewood, using the ruse of a marijuana transaction.
On November 19, 2016 Lakewood police were called to the Oxford Downs Apartments, in the area of 9th and Allison Street, on a report of multiple shots fired. They found Mr. Peny’s car stopped against a fence with Mr. Peny lying just outside his car. He had been shot multiple times and died from his injuries.
Hampton had answered an ad on Craigslist which had been posted by Mr. Peny. It was agreed that Mr. Peny would sell Hampton a pound of marijuana for $1,700. Hampton and his girlfriend, Bell Kiantrenay, drove to meet Mr. Peny. The evidence showed that Hampton did not bring money, and did not intend to actually pay for marijuana. Hampton approached Mr. Peny, who was still in his car, and then fired at least seven shots at him.
After Hampton shot Mr. Peny, Hampton dragged him from the car. He then reached into the backseat of the car, pulling out a plastic bag which was full of marijuana. Hampton then returned to his car and he and Kiantrenay drove away.
Using cell phone technology, Lakewood police identified and located Hampton and Bell. They were arrested on November 21, 2016.
During the course of the investigation law enforcement found that Hampton had done internet searches which included of the question: “I shot a person” and “Do you have to find the murder weapon on the suspect?” Also located on Hampton’s phone were text messages indicating his attempt to distribute the stolen marijuana.
Following seven days of trial, the jury deliberated just over two hours before returning guilty verdicts on all counts: First Degree Murder – after deliberation (F1); First Degree Murder – Felony Murder (F1); Aggravated Robbery (F3); and Possession of Marijuana while possessing a firearm (DF1).
Following the return of the verdict, Mr. Hampton was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 24 years.
Bell Kiantrenay pled guilty on October 23, 2017 to Possession of Marijuana (DF2); Accessory to a Crime (F4); and Tampering with Evidence (F6). On February 22 and she will be sentenced. She faces a mandatory 6 to 16 years in prison.
The filing of a criminal charge is merely a formal accusation that an individual has committed a crime(s). A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. See Colo. RPC 3.6.