Man accused of kidnapping, torture gets 10 years for gun violations; state charges still pending

Published 5:12 pm Thursday, December 8, 2022

An Alabama man accused of kidnapping, raping and beating a woman inside a home has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The state charges against Joseph Ryan Byram, 39, of Birmingham, are still pending.

Federal prosecutors had charged Byram with having a gun despite his being a convicted felon after Alabama sheriff’s deputies were called to an Adger, Alabama, home in July 2021 to investigate a call that a woman was being held against her will there.

Upon investigation, deputies found the victim who then told deputies that Byram beat her, raped her and tortured her for 24 hours.

On Thursday, United States District Court Judge Madeline H. Haikala sentenced Byram 1o 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Byram is prohibited from having a firearm because of prior felony convictions.

Byram was convicted in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama, of the offenses of Burglary, First Degree in August 2001, and Theft of Property, Third Degree in April 2014, convicted in the Circuit Court of Bibb County, Alabama, of the offense of Robbery, First Degree in October 2014, and convicted in the Circuit Court of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, of the offense of Assault, Second Degree in April 2018.

The state charges against Byram fpr the 2021 crimes are still pending.