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Man resentenced to life in prison for fatal robbery

May 1, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced once again to life in prison for a fatal robbery.

A Palm Beach County judge sentenced 29-year-old Thomas Byrd last week after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder. News outlets report that his 2015 conviction was tossed by an appeals court.

Authorities say Dustin Deckard was walking down a Delray Beach street shortly after midnight in August 2012 when a group of men jumped out of a van, shot and robbed Deckard and drove away. Police pulled the van over a short time later. Inside were Byrd, Kevin Sammiel and Sherman Colson, along with Deckard’s cellphone.

Sammiel and Colson are serving life sentences for the fatal robbery.

Deckard was a former New Jersey high school wrestling star. He had moved to South Florida for drug rehab.