Brattleboro man indicted for firearm possession

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BRATTLEBORO — A local man was indicted last month for illegally possessing a firearm and is being held.

Tyrone J. Byrd, 40, of Brattleboro, was stopped on Canal Street on Oct. 5, 2016, when an officer with the Brattleboro Police Department noticed a headlight was out. Police found a Ruger Security-Six .357 Magnum revolver, according to an affidavit filed in Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division.

Byrd told police he had served 10 years for a domestic assault charge. He claimed he was holding the gun for another person for one day.

The firearm came from Massachusetts and was loaded, Byrd told police. A brown firearm holster was found in the left pocket of Byrd's jacket, according to the affidavit.

Byrd had been convicted of aggravated first-degree domestic assault in Bennington County in February 2007, cocaine possession in December 2001 and armed robbery. His convictions prohibited him from possessing a firearm. He was indicted by a grand jury in United States District Court for the District of Vermont on March 16. The indictment was not unsealed until Monday.

Byrd is being detained "because there are no conditions of release that will reasonably assure the safety of the community, and because there is a serious risk that the defendant will flee," according to a motion for detention.

Byrd failed to appear in court in July 2005. He was also charged with resisting arrest in 2001. Police said they believed Byrd fled the state of Vermont to avoid prosecution after sprinting away when police tried to handcuff him.

In the domestic assault case, Byrd beat the victim "so severely that her face required reconstructive surgery," according to the motion for detention.

"In addition to pools of blood, police responding to the scene found a tooth," the motion stated. "Though the defendant was sentenced to four to 10 years, he ultimately served the full 10 years, likely because, as he told the arresting officer here, 'I was always getting into fights.' Indeed, on one occasion, the defendant was issued a disciplinary report after being found to have punched another inmate three times in the face."

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or @CMaysBR.

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