Man sentenced to life in prison for killing Youngstown man



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(YOUNGSTOWN, OH) – 69-year-old Samuel Byrd has been found guilty of murdering 29-year-old Keimone Black. Byrd was also sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.

In February, a jury found Byrd guilty of Aggravated Murder.

In June of 2022, Mr. Black was sitting in a vehicle at a gas station on South Avenue between Dickson Street and Samuel Avenue when Byrd walked up to the passenger’s window and fired several shots. Two of those gunshots hit Mr. Black in the chest, once in the abdomen, and once in the hip. Not long after being shot, Mr. Black succumbed to his injuries. Moments before the shooting, Byrd was taken to Dickson Street, where he walked to the gas station, shot Black, and drove away. Police received security video from a nearby house that shows the car parked on Dickson Street before the shooting. There, they found a cigarette that matched Byrd’s DNA. For his crimes, Byrd was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole.

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