One of the men accused of shooting and killing a deputy sheriff was put away for life today.
In August, Lamont Byrd of Kinston pled guilty to federal charges of killing Deputy Warren "Sneak" Lewis. He then pleaded guilty in state court the next day for Lewis' murder, as well as for the killing of Thomas Hinton.
Byrd was sentenced to life today in federal court in Raleigh.
State prosecutors said on June 2nd of 2011, four people decided they wanted to kill someone, and the D.A. said it just so happened that Hinton rode by on his bike at the time. The man was found shot, left in the street.
Within a few days, officers had warrants out for 18-year-old Lamont Byrd, his older brother Maretto Byrd, 16-year-old Kion Dail, and 17-year-old Devine Slade. Raekwon Bryant also was part of that group at age 14, according to prosecutors.
On June 9th, U.S. Marshals engaged in a standoff on West Lenoir Avenue in Kinston. Lewis was acting as a special deputy U.S.marshal when he was shot through a door.
In December of 2012, Raekwon Bryant took a plea deal: he plead guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, among other charges, and agreed to testify against the others in the case.
Byrd is awaiting sentencing in Lenoir County on the state murder charges.
A Kinston man was in a state courtroom this morning, one day after pleading guilty in federal court to killing a deputy sheriff, who was also working as a deputy U.S. Marshal.
Lamont Byrd pleaded guilty in Lenoir County to two counts of first degree murder and malicious conduct by a prisoner.
A judge told Byrd with the guilty plea he could be in prison for the rest of his life without the chance of parole.
He and three others are accused in the June 2011 murder of Nash County Deputy Warren "Sneak" Lewis in Kinston. Lewis was working for the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force, trying to arrest suspects in the murder of Thomas Hinton that happened a couple of weeks earlier.
In addition to the death of Deputy Lewis, Byrd plead guilty to Hinton's death as well.
Sentencing for Byrd on the state charges was delayed until he is sentenced in federal court on November 3rd.
One of four people who are accused of killing a deputy sheriff, who was also working as a deputy U.S. Marshal, has pleaded guilty in federal court.
Lamont Byrd of Kinston made the guilty plea in federal court in Raleigh this morning to first degree murder of an officer of the United States.
He and three others are accused in the June 2011 murder of Nash County Deputy Warren "Sneak" Lewis in Kinston. Lewis was working for the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force, trying to arrest a murder suspect when he was killed.
Byrd is also facing state murder charges, and he is scheduled to plead guilty to two counts of murder Tuesday in Lenoir County, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. One will be for the murder of Lewis, and the other for killing of Thomas Hinton.