The FAQ: The Murder of Anastasia WitbolsFeugen
Did Byron Case have a prior criminal record
before being charged with murder?
Byron Case was certified as a prior offender for his previous felony conviction during his murder trial.1Top of page
Case was arrested May 16, 1996 on two charges, of Second Degree Burglary and Felony Stealing. While admittedly high on cocaine, he had attempted to burglarize the home of his aunt, Mrs. Nancy Nolker. Case pled guilty to the charge of Felony Stealing, and plea-bargained to have the Burglary charge dropped. He was given probation, and was on probation at the time of the murder.
Case was sentenced on December 30, 1998 to six months in jail, sentence suspended with five years probation. Before his arrest for murder, Case was cited for three separate violations of his probation. That probation was eventually dismissed on March 3, 2003, after Case had served six months of his life sentence for murder.
Case's mother and many of his supporters have asserted that Case's felony charges were reduced to a misdemeanor; however, this is patently untrue. One of Case's two felony charges was dropped, but he pled guilty to the second felony count, and it remains on his record to this day.
Other sources: Case.net
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