Despite a letter of opposition by the Cullman District Attorney’s Office, the State Board of Pardons and Paroles granted Dylan Keith Loyd of Blountsville parole on the condition that he complete a Prison Fellowship program he currently attends. His mother and sister spoke in support of his parole.
Loyd was sentenced to five years in prison on Jan. 4, 2019 for third-degree burglary and third-degree escape in Cullman County. He has served a year and a half of the sentence.
Loyd was arrested in Dec. 2017 on Alabama 157, after he flipped a stolen vehicle near Jack’s restaurant after leading deputies on a high-speed chase. There were no injuries to bystanders, law enforcement officers or the suspect, according to the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office.
In a separate case, the board denied parole for Darren Dwight Anderton who was arrested in Cullman County in 2014 for twice failing to register as a sex offender. He was sentenced to 17 years, and has served less than six.
According to the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, Anderton was sentenced in 1995 in Marshall County to four years in prison for sexually abusing a five-year-old girl and an additional two years for criminal possession of a forged instrument. In 2010, he was arrested again in Marshall County for failure to register as a sex offender. He was given probation, but was arrested in 2013 for violating the terms of his probation. In 2014, he was arrested and sentenced in Cullman County for failing to register as a sex offender.
Alabama state law requires the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles to periodically grant inmates an opportunity to be considered for parole. No paroles have been granted to sex offenders since hearings resumed on Nov. 5, 2019.