Man Found Guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter in Fatal Shooting

Steven Ryan and De’Shaun Davis

Steven Ryan and De’Shaun Davis

Press release from the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office:

A Mendocino County Superior Court jury completed its deliberations late this afternoon and returned a guilty verdict against the defendant charged with the late 2016 killing of a young black man.

After first having found the defendant not guilty of murder in the first degree and then having found the defendant not guilty of murder in the second degree, the jury returned a guilty verdict for voluntary manslaughter against defendant Steven Patrick Ryan, age 63, of Ukiah,

The jury also found true the special allegation that the defendant personally used a firearm to cause the unlawful death of 20-year old De’Shaun Patrick Davis, age 20. This crime occurred just before noon on November 21, 2016 on a ranch close to the Oak Manor area of Ukiah.

Under California law, voluntary manslaughter is a lesser included crime to that of murder and another form of unlawful homicide. As entered, the guilty verdict and true finding today carry a possible sentence of up to 21 years in state prison.

After the jury was excused, the District Attorney’s motion to have the defendant’s bail status converted to no bail was granted pending judgment and sentencing.

The defendant’s case was referred to the Adult Probation department for a background study and sentencing recommendation. Anyone interested in the sentencing outcome of this case is welcome to attend the sentencing hearing now calendared for June 15, 2018 at 9 o’clock in the morning in Department H of the Ukiah courthouse.

The prosecutor who presented the People’s evidence at trial was DA David Eyster. The investigating law enforcement agencies were the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, the Ukiah Police Department, and the District Attorney’s own investigators. Mendocino County Superior Court Judge John Behnke presided over the four day trial and will be the judge who pronounces sentence on the defendant in June.


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  • So, the most likely explanation here is that Mr. Ryan, sadly, put himself in jail with his mouth. NEVER talk to cops!! Had he simply said — politely — “no comment” and let his lawyer do the talking, he would have walked and the there would be one less dirt-bag bothering people. Too bad……..

    • your absolutely right! should have just shut up! dude kept throwing up at the mouth!

    • Agreed

    • That “dirt bag” has a mother and stepdad and siblings that loved him. As well as myself. This young man was going through the garbage can looking for recyclables so he could go to Clear Lake for Thanksgiving. If you live or lived in California you would know that people do this all the time. It’s not against the law. After telling him to get out of the garbage can they argued because the man had no right to tell him to do that. It was across the street. The killer went into his house and retrieved a weapon, if he felt threatened he could have called the police, but he didn’t. Instead he shot Shaun and he fell to his knees with his hands up, that means I surrender. He then shot him twice in the chest for looking through a garbage can! I wrote an impact statement that will be read tomorrow and hopefully he will get the 21 years. By the way he is claiming PTSD from serving in Vietnam, I call bullshit!

  • Well family and friends. Look wat we have here.. I was under the impression that when u shoot an unarmed youngman on his knees it was murder.. guess not in America.. SOON U WONT NEED A EXCUSE TO KILL ANYONE!! MANSLAUGHTER MAY CARRY A21YR SENTENCE BUT WE WILL SEE.. Now if I was with any of u and u went in a house & killed someone & I had no idea.wen the PO po round us up BEST BELIEVE IM GOIN DOWN FOR MURDER RIGHT ALONG WIT UR ASS.. CONVICTED MURDER IN THE 1ST.. GOOGLE IT!! ERRYBODY JUST PRAY FOR PEACE 4 MY SISTER CECI & MY FAM. RIP D’ DAVIS.. GONE BUT NEVER 4GOTTEN..😭💔🙏

    • Translated to African American Vernacular English.

      Lookin like da jury whatant wit yo ass on dis one.

      (in all seriousness, based on the info provide by the press, this should have been murder 1. Its tough though because mass media has twisted many cases, to take advantage of the racial tension in the US, in order to profit.)

      • Soon-to-be Former Supervisor Ryan Dumberg

        “…to take advantage of the racial tension in the US, in order to profit…”

        Isn’t that Vladiqueer Putin & Donald Traitor Trump’s political playbook? 🇷🇺

        • @Soon-to-be Former Supervisor Ryan Dumberg

          You can’t and shouldn’t use sexual orientation as an insult.

          With your over posts and rants today … I do believe that you are drunk.

          • Maybe on Mother’s Day we could avoid making the tired old lady figure out if a comment breaks the rules?

            Just saying…

          • Soon-to-be Former Supervisor Ryan Dumberg

            I only drink beer rarely, and not today. If your sense of humor is so underdeveloped that you actually don’t get the irony & subversiveness of Putin’s new nickname (considering Putin’s virulent personal & official homophobia), then I don’t know how I can help you…

            And, while you’re at it, Trump Cult member, you really should put the pitcher of Kool-Aid down. Cults of Personality NEVER end well for the cult members. And why in the hell would any self-respecting American ever DEFEND PUTIN? 🇷🇺

        • Thats what the clinton news network wants u to believe

  • My question is what difference does it make that he was black?

  • IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF MY NEPHEW HAD KILLED THIS MAN IN THE SAME MANNOR, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF 1ST DEGREE MURDER & GIVEN A 25 TO LIFE W/O P.O.P. (garaunteed). cant blame media 4 racial tensions. They only broadcast wats already out there,we as individuals we are responsible 4 who, what, wen, why, where,& how we receive info, process it, &act upon it. SO IT IS WAT IT IS. Does that mean Y.B.M shud be Leary of EVERY MAN that fits Mr.Ryans DESCRIPTION? No..Should O.W.M b Leary of EVERY MAN that fits my nephew DE’SHAUN DAVIS’S DESCRIPTION? NO.. BUT WOULD WE, COULD WE, SHOULD WE IF A 10pm NEWS STORY BLASTED RACIALLY BIASED STORY ABOUT 1 OR THE OTHER THAT HAD US UNEASY?? MAYBE?? IDK??YES?? NO?? ALL I DO KNOW IS WE ALL MAKE CHOICES THAT COME WITH REWARDS OR CONSEQUENCES.. CHOOSE 1& STAND BY IT….(my opinion)

  • Thank God this piece of garbage will die in jail. The judge corrected the juries error.

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