Man convicted in deadly drive-by shooting up for parole

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 6:36 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Steve Ritchings went before a parole board in Frankfort on Monday to make a plea to keep a convicted killer behind bars.

Christopher Byers was sentenced to 30 years in prison for murder after his involvement in the 1994 death of Melissa Young. 

Byers was a passenger in a car that pulled up next to Ritchings and Young on the Gene Snyder Freeway. Gunman William Graham pulled the trigger and killed Young. Ritchings was also injured in the shooting and lost his left eye.

Police said the deadly hit was ordered by a different man Ritchings was allegedly in a feud with.

Byers is also serving an additional 17 years for assault and wanton endangerment. He goes before the parole board Tuesday. The board can decide to release him or defer their decision up to 60 months. 
 

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