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Maine man in prison longer for refusing black cellmate

Man refused to share a cell with a black man and flooded his cell while being held on federal drug and gun charges


By Judy Harrison
Bangor Daily News

PORTLAND, Maine — A Bath man who refused to share a cell with a black man and flooded his cell at the Cumberland County Jail while being held on federal drug and gun charges was sentenced Thursday to nearly 11 years in prison.

John Byrd III, 23, pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, use of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by an individual subject to a protection order.

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