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BAYBORO – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Pamlico County Superior Court last Tuesday, JAMIE BYRD, 46, of New Bern, was convicted upon his guilty plea of Failing to Report New Address as a Sex Offender, and was sentenced to a prison term of 20 – 33 months. The case was prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Christy Hawkins, and for this term of court, Resident Superior Court Judge Josh Willey presided.

Byrd was convicted in Orange County, North Carolina, of Sexual Battery in February, 2017. As a result, he was required to register with the North Carolina Sex Offenders Registry, and keep his address and contact information current at all times. He relocated to Pamlico County, to an address on North 3rd Street. When Lt. J. Sawyer of the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office conducted a residence check on Byrd in mid-June of this year, he could not locate him at the address which Byrd had given. There was no one at that residence. Knowing that Byrd was being supervised by a probation officer, Sawyer contact the officer, who told him that Byrd had moved to Craven County in mid-May of this year. Although Byrd had changed his address with the probation office, he did not update the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office or the Craven County Sheriff’s Office with his new address, thereby violating the mandatory requirements of the registry in both counties.

Judge Willey sentenced Byrd to a prison term of 20 – 33 months, and ordered that a judgment be entered against Byrd for the payment of court costs, attorney fees, and jail fees incurred by the State. When Byrd is released from prison, he will again have to comply with the requirements of the sex offender registry, and will be supervised by an officer for a period of post-release supervision.


NOTE: Under North Carolina Structured Sentencing law, a convicted criminal defendant must serve all of the minimum active sentence and may be required to serve up to the maximum sentence. Upon release at the conclusion of the prison sentence, a nine to twelve month period of post-release supervision by a probation officer is required.