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Cedar Park man sentenced to 45 years for killing girlfriend

Cedar Park, TX (KXAN) — A Cedar Park man pleaded guilty to the 2019 murder of his longtime girlfriend and was sentenced to 45 years in prison, according to Williamson County court records.

Samuel Byrd, 35, pleaded guilty in November and was sentenced to 45 years in prison with nearly three years in prison.

Police said Byrd killed his girlfriend Amanda Gordon in December 2019 at the Cedar Park home and then attempted to hide the body by burning Gordon’s remains in Dale, Texas. Gordon was reported missing after family members did not hear from her for several days.

The original affidavit stated that Gordon and Byrd had been in a relationship for eight years and had two children. A family member told police that their relationship was “extremely volatile and abusive”.

Police found human remains in an incinerator on the property of Byrd’s business partner. Gordon’s mom identified a necklace and two rings from the pit where the human remains were found. A spent cartridge case was also found at the site.

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Byrd is serving his sentence in Huntsville, Texas, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

If you or someone you know needs immediate help, dial 911. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is also available 24/7. call (800) 799-7233. You can also send a START message to 88788.

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