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Man sentenced to prison for fatally shooting Sacramento motorist who refused him money

A man convicted of the shooting death of a Sacramento motorist who refused to give him money has been sentenced to 52 years in state prison.

A Sacramento County jury in July found Dywon Levell Byrd, 45, guilty of first-degree murder of William Stephens and use of a handgun, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. Byrd was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny.

On Dec. 7, 2011, Stephens was in his car talking with a friend when Byrd approached the driver’s side window and asked for $2. When Stephens refused to give him the money, Byrd shot Stephens twice, killing him, authorities said. The friend escaped unharmed.

Byrd fled in his vehicle, but a police officer in a patrol vehicle spotted Byrd driving with headlights off and a pursuit ensued. Byrd eventually abandoned his vehicle and was arrested hours later when he was found hiding in backyard shed. Authorities said gunshot residue and DNA linked a jacket found in a neighboring backyard to Byrd.