COLUMBIA — A Union man will spend the next 15 years in prison for being a convicted felon with a gun in his possession.
In a statement released this afternoon, United States Attorney Beth Drake announced that Dennis Earl Byrd, 35, of Union, South Carolina, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release, after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g).
The press release states that United States District Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks, of Greenville, sentenced Byrd on August 16, 2017.
The press release states that an earlier guilty plea hearing, Assistant U. S. Attorney Jeanne Howard established that on August 25, 2015, Byrd was arrested after an altercation with Union Public Safety Officers while they were responding to a disturbance call. It states that Byrd was found in possession of a loaded .32 caliber revolver. Because of his prior criminal history including three prior convictions for distribution of crack cocaine and a conviction for lynching, 2nd degree, the press release states that Byrd is considered an armed career criminal and subject to a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years.
The press release states that the case was investigated by agents of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Union Public Safety Department, and the Union County Sheriff’s Office. It further states that Assistant United States Attorney Jeanne Howard of the Greenville office handled the case.