SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A Hardeeville, South Carolina man admits he helped destroy evidence in the murder of a Fort Stewart soldier’s wife.
Abree Boykin, 24, was found dead at her home on post in July 2018 by military police. Her husband Sgt. Shawn Boykin was deployed in Korea at the time and had asked for police to conduct a welfare check.
Devin Ryan, a former federal inmate, pleaded guilty to the use of fire in the commission of a federal felony, according to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia Bobby Christine.
The 30-year-old’s admission to his involvement in Boykin’s murder could send him to prison for the next decade. He is currently in custody awaiting sentencing.
Authorities say Ryan met Stafon Jamar Davis, 28, of Savannah, while in prison on unrelated charges.
Davis in September admitted to shooting and killing Boykin, who he’d apparently known since childhood, and fleeing Fort Stewart in her vehicle. Both men were on federally supervised release at the time of Boykin’s death, Christine said.
According to court documents and testimony, Davis contacted Ryan for help in “getting rid of a car.” Ryan gave him instructions to a location in Hardeeville where they met to set Boykin’s 2018 Honda Accord on fire.
“A man with no involvement other than previous time behind bars with an admitted killer needlessly complicated a murder investigation by destroying a significant piece of evidence,” said Christine. “Rather than stay a free man and hang up the phone when called, Devin Ryan helped cover up a murder – and that choice has earned him more hard time behind bars.”
Davis is also in custody as he awaits sentencing. If convicted, he could face up to 75 years in federal prison, followed by supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.
The case is being investigated by the FBI and the Army Criminal Investigation Command, and prosecuted for the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer G. Solari and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Darron J. Hubbard.