Woman sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing Portland man

Photo of Ryan Thompson courtesy family members

PORTLAND, Ore. – A woman was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to charges in the death of a Portland man.

Paris McConville, 35, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault.

She turned herself into police on August 22, 2017, telling officers that she killed Ryan Thompson “in self-defense” in SW Portland before handing them the keys to his apartment.

Police found Thompson deceased at the home on SW St. Claire Avenue. The medical examiner determined Thompson was strangled to death.

Detectives said they learned McConville and Thompson were in an argument when things turned physical. While the cause of death was ruled to be strangulation, an autopsy report found Thomson had a blunt force injury to the back of his head and a stab wound in his arm.

McConville told police she often fought with Thompson. According to a probable cause affidavit, she told police that she killed him and needed to be punished, which is why she went to the police station.

While there is still no clear motive for the killing, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said, there’s evidence that McConville suffered from mental illness.

Thompson’s family members spoke at Thursday’s sentencing, his sister Cecily Thompson-Thiel remembering him as “a kind, sensitive, and exceedingly intelligent, private person with a huge and caring heart.”

Thompson’s father brought in some of the art and writing that Ryan had created through the years.

His cousin, Sarah Tinch, remembered him for his humor and ability to make others laugh, saying, “laughing with Ryan always brought me back to the best places of my childhood.”


From the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office:

Domestic violence can include physical violence, verbal attacks, psychological manipulation, sexual abuse, financial abuse, or other forms of control by a partner or family member. If you need assistance, contact “Call to Safety” at 503-235-5333 or toll-free at 1-888-235-5333 if you are not experiencing an emergency, but need to talk to someone immediately.

Domestic and sexual violence can take many forms and affect all kinds of people. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office wants you to know that you are not at fault for any of the abuse you may have experienced, and that there are people who can help.

The Gateway Center is an in person resource location that operates Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. No appointments are necessary. At the Gateway Center, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office is located on-site to provide consultation and help so that participants understand the court processes. They also help provide options if a participant chooses to prosecute their abuser.

The Victims' Assistance Program for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office provides support during the reporting of sexual assaults, domestic violence and other crimes and referrals to victim services and resources: 503-988-3222.

For emergency response, contact 9-1-1.

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