Man accused of forcing person to drive to ATM gets over 4 years

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A man who was arrested in an armed an abduction and carjacking in Newport News last year is facing more than four years in prison.

Michael Byrd pleaded guilty to carjacking and use of a firearm in a felony on Thursday, and was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Thirteen years and five months of the time was suspended — leaving four years and seven months to serve.

Byrd was arrested following an incident on July 3. Newport News Police said Byrd forced an 18-year-old man to drive to an ATM at a Navy Federal Credit Union on Jefferson Avenue.

The remaining charges he was faced with following his arrest were nolle prossed, or withdrawn, in court on Thursday.

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