Augusta man serving life sentence released from prison although denied parole

Although an Augusta man convicted of murder was denied parole last week, he was released from prison Wednesday.


District Attorney Natalie Paine said Byron Keith Beck was definitely released from prison, despite what the Department of Corrections inmate search reveals. DOC spokesman Gwendolyn Hogan said by email that Beck was “showing” as being an inmate. Further request for verification was not responded to by the department.

Beck had tentatively been scheduled for release Wednesday but his parole was denied.

Board of Pardons and Paroles spokesman Steve Hayes confirmed Thursday that the board had denied Beck’s release. According to Paine, the family of the man Beck killed wrote numerous letters to the board in opposition to his release.

Beck, 49, and his accomplice, Gerald Dwayne Taylor, were sentenced to life in prison in 1992 for murder and armed robbery.

Beck and Taylor held up the KB Jewelry and Pawn shop on Deans Bridge Road on May 31, 1991. During the robbery they fatally shot 51-year-old Kenneth Marvin Broome and wounded his wife, Geraldine Broome. According to an Augusta Chronicle report, Beck was 23 and Taylor was 22 at the time.

Both men confessed and the suspected murder weapons were found at Beck’s home.

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