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Man pleads guilty to killing man in Prescott during confrontation over woman

Man killed was trying to stand up for a woman in his motorcycle group

Michael Steven Ryan

Michael Steven Ryan

A man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and five counts of aggravated assault stemming from the shooting of another man in Prescott earlier this year.

Michael Ryan, 40, from Louisiana, shot 44-year-old Chris Scoggins of Surprise, Arizona, several times in the 800 block of White Spar Road, Prescott, on May 13, according to court records. Scoggins was transported to the Yavapai Regional Medical Center where he died.

Detectives learned Scoggins was in town with a group of motorcyclists from the Phoenix area. They were told Scoggins confronted Ryan about a report of Ryan touching a female member of the motorcycle group inappropriately. During the confrontation, Ryan pulled out a handgun and shot Scoggins several times, police said. Witnesses detained Ryan until police arrived.

Ryan’s sentencing is set to take place on Thursday, Nov. 1.

The manslaughter charge (a class two felony) carries a presumptive sentence of 10.5 years, with a minimum of seven years and a maximum of 21 years. Two of the aggravated assault charges each carries a presumptive sentence of two-and-a-half years, with the other three counts carrying presumptive sentences of one-and-a-half years each.

According to the plea agreement, all counts will run concurrent and the defendant must serve a minimum of seven years, but no more than 10.5 years.