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Man who tried to carjack woman in Prescott Valley gets 6.5 years in prison



PRESCOTT - A man who tried to take a woman's car at gunpoint in March pleaded guilty and on Monday was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison, followed by probation.

On March 22 at about 3 a.m., Ryan Lee Musgrove, 28, asked a 23-year-old woman for a ride at a convenience store near Viewpoint and Highway 89A. When she refused, Musgrove pulled out a handgun and demanded the car.

She called out for help to a nearby friend and Musgrove left.

Police found him under the Highway 89A overpass at Viewpoint.

Musgrove was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of attempted armed robbery, criminal damage, and third-degree burglary.

He accepted a plea agreement, pleading guilty to attempted armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, misconduct involving weapons, burglary, theft of a firearm, and theft of a means of transportation.

On Monday, his attorney, Andrew Falick, said Musgrove has "severe mental health issues" but that "he's not shirking his responsibility." Noting that he's been treated, Falick said Musgrove is "a completely different person" from when they first met.

Musgrove told Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley, "These crimes were committed when I was under extreme mental stress. If I would have been under medication at the time, these crimes would never have happened."

Ainley imposed a 6.5-year prison sentence followed by four years of probation.

She warned him that "now that you know you have these issues, it's your responsibility to continue to take your medication."


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