DA: Woman receives 18-year prison sentence for killing friend

Paris McConville previous booking photo (Multnomah Co. Jail)

A woman was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Thursday.

Paris McConville, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree manslaughter and one count of second-degree assault in court on Thursday.

McConville admitted back in Aug. 2017 to police that she killed her friend, Ryan Thompson, 35, in a southwest Portland apartment, according to court documents.

During Thursday's sentencing hearing, Thompson's family remembered Ryan as a kind person who had an enormous interest in jewelry, old cars and classic films.

"Ryan was a kind, sensitive, and exceedingly intelligent, private person with a huge and caring heart," Thompson's sister, Cecily Thompson-Thiel said in court. "He was a good big brother. He and I will never have the chance to grow old together. I will never get to meet the man he would have become…In the end, he lost his life because he trusted the wrong person."

The initial investigation began on Aug 22, 2017, when McConville entered the lobby of the Portland Police Bureau's Central Precinct, located at 1111 Southwest 2nd Avenue, to report she had killed someone.

Central Precinct patrol officers and detectives assigned to the Portland Police Bureau's Homicide Detail responded to Thompson's apartment complex in the 700 block of Southwest St. Claire Avenue to conduct a welfare check.

Upon entering the apartment, Thompson’s body was found.

Detectives have since learned that on August 21, 2017, McConville and Thompson got into an argument, which turned physical.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office ruled the cause of death to be strangulation and the manner of death homicide.

Thompson, as noted in the autopsy report, had a blunt force injury to the back of his head and a stab wound on his arm.

During this investigation, detectives learned McConville and Thompson had known each other for approximately 10 years.

Sarah Tinch, Thompson's cousin, remembered him for his humor and ability to make others laugh.

"Laughing with Ryan always brought me back to the best places of my childhood," Tinch said at the sentencing.

At no point during the investigation was a clear motive for the killing developed. However, there is evidence to suggest McConville suffers from mental health illness, according to the Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office.

At the time of sentencing, McConville addressed the court and briefly apologized.

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