When interviewed, Byrne denied knowing anything about Moore’s death. Johnathan Wheeler, who used to work for Moore and Byrne’s bakery, was arrested in connection with the case, the District Attorney’s Office says. Wheeler’s girlfriend reportedly told authorities Byrne helped clean up Moore’s blood and had taken some items Wheeler had stolen from Moore’s home.
Due to Moore’s death, Byrne reportedly acquired a 100 percent stake in their bakery, Best Dang Bakery Around in Woodstock.
Wheeler was tried for the murder of Moore in August 2018 and was found guilty of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, Byrne was arrested for his involvement with Moore’s death after Wheeler’s trial.
To prevent Wheeler from testifying against him, Byrne asked another inmate to kill Wheeler while in custody, the District Attorney’s Office says.
On April 8, Byrne entered a guilty plea deal. According to the District Attorney’s Office, Byrne pleaded guilty to violation of the RICO Act, conspiracy to commit concealing death of another, conspiracy to commit hindering apprehension of another, and criminal solicitation to commit murder. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley Clark.