Three Suspects In Deputy Shooting Have Prior Criminal Records

Three of the five suspects accused in the shooting death of a Nash County deputy have prior records, and two of them have served time in prison.

Lamont D. Byrd, age 18, was convicted in Lenoir County in 2010 of larceny, assault and assault with a deadly weapon. He was released in April 2011. Byrd was convicted in August 2010 of assault and battery. He was released in September 2010. Byrd was convicted in July 2009 of simple assault. He was released in April 2010.

The NC Department of Correction website shows multiple infractions during the time Byrd was locked up in prison, including lock tampering, creating an offensive condition, extortion/strong arm and disobeying order.

Byrd was also sentenced to probation for other crimes in Lenoir County, including misdemeanor breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods.

HIs brother, Maretto Byrd, was also arrested in Deputy Lewis' death.

Online records show Maretto got out of prison in April 2010 after serving nearly seven years for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and robbery with a dangerous weapon in Lenoir County.

The NC Department of Corrections website shows Maretto was given ten infractions during his time in prison, including sexual acts, gang activity and assault with a weapon.

Devine Slade is a 17-year-old suspect in the deputy's death. He had prior convictions for breaking and entering and damage to property in Lenoir County.

No record shows for 16-year-old Kion Dail.


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  • by 48 Year Republican Location: 6 Year Independant on Jun 17, 2011 at 05:26 PM
    This is a terribly sad situation. And once again, the crime is committed by violent young men, released from prison and roaming the streets. Meanwhile, some non-violent pot smokers/growers are locked up in a perfectly good jail cell somewhere. No jail cell should EVER be wasted on a marijuana crime when violent criminals are being released from jail due to over-crowding. Sorry to bring this up at such a sad and difficult time for Deputy Lewis's family and friends, but it needs to be brought up EVERY time this sort of thing happens. Put the thugs in prison. They are a danger to ALL of us. Let the smokers out. They are a danger to NONE of us. WHEN WILL THE INSANITY END!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Once again, condolences to those who knew and loved Deputy Lewis.
  • by Republican on Jun 17, 2011 at 04:24 AM
    That dishwasher was more of a man and a better American than all 5 of those bums ever could be, ever were and ever will be. DEATH for killing a fellow working American. It's the workers who pay for the SS Disability for the "disabled" (95% could work like him), SSI, Social Security (too many live on SS when they had a LIFETIME to prepare, but we workers must foot their bill for THEIR irresponsibility), WIC, AFDC, free government housing, etc.
  • by Reasonable Location: Washington on Jun 15, 2011 at 01:19 PM
    I haven't seen anyone discuss what -- in all reality -- is the problem with most people like this...THE PARENTS!! Why, oh why, do so many ill-fit parents continue to breed societal parasites like this? I work closely in the education system and there are TOO many kids that can be written off for the rest of their lives due to obvious neglectful parenting. This isn't a race issue either; there are plenty of white, black, and latino kids whose parents should've had no business popping out kids in the first place. Yet plenty of poor parents continue to have 3 and 4 kids per household just for kicks, and this is the product down the road. Can you people just start wearing condoms already? 6.5 billion people is PLENTY.
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      by Republican on Jun 17, 2011 at 04:25 AM in reply to Reasonable
      If you can't feed 'em; Don't breed 'em!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 13, 2011 at 06:39 PM
    I can hardly contain my surprise given our liberal judges and courts these days. I hope those that let them out never get another nights sleep thinking about this and I hope these 3 get the death penalty.
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      by Republican on Jun 17, 2011 at 04:26 AM in reply to
      You people elect these same local Democrat judges and DA's and Clerks so shut up OR run your mouth long, loud and publicly at the next election.
  • by Workinman on Jun 13, 2011 at 05:35 PM
    I hope the the folks who let this garbage out and back on the street feel good about themselves and the system they have created. Crooks helping crooks.
  • by Workinman on Jun 13, 2011 at 05:35 PM
    I hope the the folks who let this garbage out and back on the street feel good about themselves and the system they have created. Crooks helping crooks.
  • by Original C on Jun 13, 2011 at 09:31 AM
    The story goes that a group of young school children were taking a guided tour of an FBI office. While there, an agent showed them photos of their Top Ten Most Wanted criminals. One little boy, with a very puzzled look on his face, said this: "I don't understand..if you had them here to take their pictures, why didn't you just hang onto them then?" From the mouths of babes.....
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      by Anonymous on Jun 15, 2011 at 01:34 PM in reply to Original C
      I know that's right!
  • by bookitty Location: rocky mount nc on Jun 11, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    well i hope that they will serve real time for this latest mess they have created...if they do the crime they need to do the time...praying for the slain officers family!
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      by Fact Bringer on Jun 11, 2011 at 09:45 PM in reply to bookitty
      I just hate that we're paying an average of $40,000 per year per prisoner, and people's answers to rising crime is just "build more prisons". I don't want criminals walking the streets, but we have to understand they aren't born as criminals. They learn through the course of their early lives that acting antisocially is ok, or the best option. That's an education problem. A health problem.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2011 at 08:24 AM in reply to Fact Bringer
        In case you haven't notice our government already has millions of dollars worth of programs to educated these criminals at a young age and it is not working. Go work for a week w/ juvenille justice system and you will see what it is really like. Maybe we should put 4 prisoners to a cell, feed them cheaper meals, and remove the cable tv. Then it wouldn't cost so much per prisoner. I hope fact bringer that you or one of your fami
        • reply
          by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2011 at 09:41 AM in reply to
          As I was saying fact bringin
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          by Fact Bringer on Jun 13, 2011 at 06:20 PM in reply to
          I agree that the programs as they stand are most definitely not working. I agree wholeheartedly. When you look at the juvenile justice system, it is driven by the whims of judges, probation officers, and other officials who are not using research- they are not educating. They pass these children around from program to program, using substandard staff with no specialized training.
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          by Republican on Jun 17, 2011 at 04:28 AM in reply to
          Oh! If we just spent more money on education, then these kids would have turned into rocket scientists and the like!
  • by Correctional Officer on Jun 11, 2011 at 06:33 AM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EyOYI3WHt0
  • by Anonymous on Jun 11, 2011 at 03:23 AM
    It's a money game. If these animals are in jail the system has to support them. If they are out in public, the courts and lawyers are making money off of them. Sorry system we have here!
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