The stepson of 33-year-old LaPlace man who was shot to death in what authorities described as a murder-for-hire plot has been sentenced to 22 years in prison, L’Observateur reported Saturday (Jan. 13). And his mother, the dead man’s estranged wife, was sentenced to 12 years.
Taran Madison, 20, was convicted of manslaughter in the death of Jonathan Toussaint, 33, after being initially charged with the more serious second-degree murder. His mother, Toya Toussant, 38, was convicted of solicitation for murder.
St. John the Baptist Parish authorities said Jonathan Toussaint was killed by gunfire as he took cover in a closet when intruders broke into his home on July 10, 2013. Three people were arrested in addition to Madison and Toya Touissant, who authorities said hired teenagers to kill her 33-year-old husband in order to collect on an insurance policy.