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Man receives life for killing Nash County deputy

Posted November 3, 2014

Lamont Dashawn Byrd
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A 21-year-old man will spend the rest of his life in prison after he was sentenced in federal court Monday for the 2011 killing of a Nash County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

 

Lamont Dashawn Byrd admitted to shooting Deputy Warren Basco "Sneak" Lewis III three times in the chest on June 9, 2011, while Lewis – working as a sworn special deputy U.S. marshal – served an arrest warrant at a home on West Lenoir Avenue in Kinston.

Byrd shot Lewis through a closed door inside the residence while the deputy walked downstairs, officials said. Federal prosecutors said Byrd shouted, "See what you made me do?" right after the shooting and ordered friends to hide the murder weapon, a stolen Beretta .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol.

Lewis, along with Kinston police, was at the home to serve an arrest warrant for a homicide earlier that week. Byrd was one of four people wanted for the killing.

“Warren Lewis will always be remembered to us and the entire law enforcement community as a hero and for making the ultimate sacrifice to protect others,” said Stacia Hylton, director of the U.S. Marshals Service, in a statement. “We hope that with this sentencing that Warren Lewis’ family can start to feel a small level of peace and closure after suffering their tragic loss.”

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  • vincentwilliam794 Nov 4, 2014

    I was going to comment, and brick city girl, said exactly what I was thinking. why do we have to house these murderers, feed, clothe, medical etc. just think of the money saved if we didnt have to do this, trying to be careful what to say, so I wont be deleted. but, get the picture?

  • vincentwilliam794 Nov 4, 2014

    I was going to comment, and brick city girl, said exactly what I was thinking. why do we have to house these murderers, feed, clothe, medical etc. just think of the money saved if we didnt have to do this, trying to be careful what to say, so I wont be deleted. but, get the picture?

  • Brick CIty Girl Nov 4, 2014

    Why is life even a possibility when he killed a Law Enforcement Officer? That should be an automatic ticket to death row.

  • Tom Smith Nov 4, 2014
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    they should have euthanized this animal...

  • USMC Vet Nov 3, 2014

    THANK YOU!!!
    No early paroles for being a "good boy" in prison either.
    Prayers for the officer's loved ones and comrades.

  • LetsBeFair Nov 3, 2014

    hope they changed those procedures of approaching a door where an armed criminal could be behind.