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  • Ex-Rep. Roger Byrd: 20 years’ probation + $210K restitution

    Ex-Rep. Roger Byrd: 20 years' probation + $210K restitution
    September 30, 2009 --

    Former state Rep. Roger Byrd pleaded guilty Aug. 18 to two counts of theft by taking and was ordered to pay $210,000 in restitution. Byrd got 20 years on probation, but no prison time if he repays the money within 30 months. (If not, he would go to prison for 4 1/2 to 5 years.) Prosecutors said Byrd took $100,000 from the Jeff Davis County Development Authority and another $100,000 from a relocated manufacturer that folded after less than a year, leaving the authority mre than $2 million in debt.