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Man sentenced to 16 years in murder of Tucson prison inmate

June 27, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A man accused in the 2017 death of another inmate at the state prison in Tucson has been given a 16-year sentence.

Ryan Wayne Bohannon was one of four men who allegedly stabbed 46-year-old Joseph Zawacki 50 times in the prison’s courtyard in September 2017.

The 31-year-old Bohannon pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last month.

He will serve 16 consecutive years after his 24-year sentence for drug charges, armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Christopher Gregory Simpson, Tim Westly Weaver and Scott Mitchell Elrod also were indicted in the case.

Simpson has accepted a plea agreement for second-degree murder and is scheduled to be sentenced July 19.

State prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Weaver, who’s serving a life sentence for two convictions involving 1995 murders.

Elrod’s case remains ongoing.

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