Photographer sentenced for holding wedding photos


GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A Greenville photographer has been sentenced to two years of house arrest for withholding wedding photos.

Gerald Randolph Byrd was convicted of breach of trust with fraudulent intent after prosecutors said he accepted $2,450 in payment from a couple to shoot photos at their September 2009 nuptials. The 43-year-old Byrd was at the wedding, but failed to deliver the promised photos.

Judge Letitia Verdin sentenced Byrd to eight years in prison, but suspended that sentence in favor of two years of house arrest followed by two years of probation.

The judge also ordered Byrd to hand over the photos within 30 days and to repay the money the couple had paid him in restitution. He must also turn over a promised photo album and DVD containing the wedding photos.

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