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Presho man arrested for burning shop

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

PRESHO -- A Presho man is accused of breaking into and setting a shop on fire on a rural residence in Lyman County.

The same man is also accused of biting and scratching a sheriff's deputy.

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Casey Byrd, 35, was arrested last week for second-degree arson, third-degree burglary, assault on a law enforcement officer and possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.

According to court documents, Deputy Dusty Abrahamson received a call about a suspicious vehicle heading across a field toward a shop on Steve Lien's property, south of Presho. Upon approach, Abrahamson saw smoke coming from the shop building. He took photos of a broken door and window, footprints in the dirt and glass in and around the building.

After talking to a neighbor, Abrahamson saw an orange vehicle driving away through a field to the south, according to court documents.

Byrd was driving the vehicle and Abrahamson pursued it. Abrahamson had to make Byrd step out of the vehicle by gunpoint and forced him lay on the ground.

"Once he was on the ground, I approached him and asked him what he was doing," Abrahamson wrote in his report, "and he stated, 'They can shoot my buffalo, and I can't do anything about it?' "

When Abrahamson searched Byrd for weapons, he found a bag of marijuana.

After being handcuffed and placed in a patrol vehicle, Byrd became belligerent and kicked the cage of in the patrol vehicle. Abrahamson, Sheriff Steve Manger and Deputy Chad Urban placed Byrd in leg shackles.

While waiting at the Lyman County Sheriff's Office for a search warrant for Byrd's vehicle and his clothing, Byrd assaulted Abrahamson by biting his arm and scratching him, according to court documents.

During the investigation, Byrd, without being asked, said two individuals offered him money to burn down the shop and to burn down a house at the same residence.

The arson charge carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The assault on law enforcement charge carries a maximum of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine. The third-degree burglary charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The possession of marijuana charge carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of one year in county jail and a $2,000 fine.

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