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Man found guilty in shooting death of girl, 17

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PROVIDENCE -

A Providence Superior Court jury convicted a man of second-degree murder Friday in the shooting death of a 17-year-old girl.

Leron Porter, 32, was charged with killing Tiphany Tallo on Federal Hill in May 2011.

"Totally senseless violence. A feud between families resolved on a Monday afternoon on the streets of Providence and it should not have been handled that way. Six people are in jail now for it and one person is dead," said Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.

"The jury listened to 32 witnesses. We had 148 exhibits. They were attentive. We respect the opinion of the jury. We're disappointed and we'll appeal," said Mark Dana, Porter's attorney.

Prosecutors said Porter, along with several family members and two girls, drove to the Tallo's house in two cars prepared to confront Ashley Tallo, Tiphany's sister over an argument early in the day between Ashley and Leron's sister, Denissa.

Witnesses testified that soon after the Porter family arrived, Denissa and Ashley fought. During the fight, Leron Porter took out a handgun and struck Ashley, knocking her to the ground. Members of the Porter family began to stab Ashley with a knife and beat her with a bat.

Witnesses said Tiphany Tallo tried to come to her sister's aid when Leron Porter shot her in the chest. The Porter family then drove off.

Police responded to the shooting, where witnesses described what happened and the vehicles the Porter family came in.

Within minutes, police stopped one of the cars and arrested the six passengers, including Leron Porter, who witnesses identified as the shooter.

The other car was located and police arrested both Renee Porter and her daughter Jaelynn for their role in the assault and murder.

At the time of the killing, Porter was on supervised federal parole after serving more than seven years for a federal firearms violation. He had been released from federal custody just days before the shooting of Tiphany Tallo.

A sentencing date was not announced.

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