Defendant met now-admitted killer while in prison

SAVANNAH, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) – A federal grand jury indicted a former inmate with helping destroy evidence of the 2018 murder of a Fort Stewart soldier’s wife, and then lying to investigators and grand jurors in the case.

Devin Ryan, 30, of Hardeeville, South Carolina, has been indicted by the U.S. District Court grand jury on charges of Obstruction of Justice, Use of Fire in Commission of a Federal Felony, and False Declarations Before a Grand Jury, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. The combined charges carry a possible penalty of up to 75 years in federal prison, followed by a period of supervised release.

There is no parole in the federal system.

Stafon Jamar Davis, 28, of Savannah, recently pled guilty to Premeditated Murder and to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon in the July 9, 2018 shooting death of Abree Boykin, 24, a resident of post housing at Fort Stewart Army Reservation. Ryan’s indictment states that Ryan knew Davis from their time spent in federal prison on unrelated charges. At the time of Boykin’s death, both Ryan and Davis were on federally supervised release.

According to the indictment, after killing Boykin, Davis contacted Ryan for help in “getting rid of a car,” and Ryan provided directions to a location in Hardeeville, South Carolina, where he met Davis. As alleged in the indictment, Ryan “did corruptly obstruct, influence, and impede investigations and proceedings of the United States Probation Office and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia of violations of federal supervised release, which were official proceedings, and did attempt to do so, by burning, altering, mutilating and destroying a 2018 Honda Accord,” and then “provided materially false testimony that obstructed, influenced and impeded the investigation.”

Davis is in custody while awaiting sentencing.

Criminal indictments contain only charges; defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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