On March 17, 2017 Cecil Scott Byrd was sentenced on two counts of First Degree Murder. In October of 2015, Mitchell County Deputies responded to a missing persons report at the residence of Mr. Byrd on Bad Creek in Northern Mitchell County. After an investigation involving the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office, the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigations, officers determined that Byrd had murdered Lisa Ann Robbins and Sarah Denise Riddle in separate events at his residence. Byrd subsequently burned their remains in an effort to conceal his crimes.
Resident Superior Court Judge R. Gregory Horne sentenced Byrd to serve two life sentences without the possibility of parole.
“This is a truly tragic case for the victims’ families,” District Attorney Seth Banks said in a statement. “We are thankful that we could bring some degree of closure for these families at an early stage in this process. With this sentence, we have insured that Cecil Scott Byrd will never again be able to harm anyone in our community. I would like to thank the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office, the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, the State Bureau of Investigations, and Assistant District Attorney Milton Fletcher for their hard work in seeing that Byrd was brought to justice.”