Man Found Guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter in Fatal Shooting
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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