Out on bail, Paso Robles man arrested for attempted murder

April 15, 2015
Thomas Nolan Yanaga

Thomas Nolan Yanaga

By KAREN VELIE

UPDATE: Thomas Yanaga of Paso Robles was one of three men arrested on attempted murder charges for a shooting Tuesday morning in Hanford.

As part of a follow up on last months Paso Robles shooting, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detectives  served search warrants on three homes in Paso Robles on Wednesday.

ORIGINAL: The Paso Robles man charged with shooting and killing an Atascadero man last month was arrested Tuesday for attempted murder in Kings County.

On March 14, Thomas Yanaga, 52, shot Marshall Savoy, 32, of Atascadero three times in the chest. Yanaga plead not guilty to murder on March 18 claiming he shot and killed Savoy in self-defense.

On April 8, Yanaga posted $1 million bail and was released from the San Luis Obispo County Jail.

Six days later, King’s County Sheriff deputies arrested Yanga for attempted murder, for participating in a street gang, for committing a new offense while on bail, and for having a new felony.

On April 14 at 7:44 a.m., deputies booked Yanaga into the Kings County Jail with bail set at $675,000.

Yanaga’s San Luis Obispo attorney, Ilan Funke-Bilu, said Yanaga was protecting his family when he shot Savoy.

Witnesses at the rural Paso Robles home tell very different stories. At the time of the shooting, Thomas Yanaga, his wife Joyce Yanaga, Thomas Yanaga’s 17-year-old son, Savoy’s friend Ashley Moss, 25, and Savoy were on the property. Marshall Savoy and Ashley Moss

Yanaga told deputies that he was in the garage smoking with his wife when Savoy intruded and demanded his car keys. Yanaga said he begged Savoy to leave his home, but Savoy charged at him in the kitchen. Yanaga told police he did not mean to shoot Savoy.

Moss tells a very different story.

Moss said Savoy was attempting to get the pair to stop fighting when Yanaga went into the kitchen, put a magazine into his gun, yelled for Savoy to look at him, and then shot him repeatedly.

After the shooting, Savoy walked out of the garage and collapsed on the driveway in front of Moss. Afraid for her life, Moss said she hid near the back door.

On April 2, Moss testified that Savoy was attempting to intervene in an argument between Yanaga and his wife when Yanaga shot and killed Savoy. During her testimony, Moss became agitated and said she found the process traumatizing.

On April 3, Moss did not show up at court for her second day of testimony.

San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge John Trice then delayed the hearing until April 20, to allow prosecutors time to contact Moss.

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21 Comments

  1. diamond says:

    Tommy and his two friends got caught stealing a motorcycle while loading it into Yanagas truck, from a home in Hanford at 1:45 am, April 14th. They were confronted by a neighbor and told him they had bought the bike. The motorcycle owner came out from his home and said he did not sell his motorcycle. One of Yanagas friends shot one of the men in the stomach and fled. Yanaga was identified as the owner & driver of the get away truck. The victim was not identified but is expected to live. The good news is, this should seal Tommy boys fate, putting him away for a very long time, now taking two of his fellow dirt bags with him. The sheriffs need to run all his vehicles info. Yanaga has an extensive vehicle collection. No way this is his first time as a thief. Still disgusted that his second bail is so low. Funke Bilu won’t win this one. Another observation. Tommys new mugshot shows him smirking. Hope he is never let out, again.

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  2. Ted Slanders says:

    Hello, my name is Johnny Cash!

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    • Rambunctious says:

      I don’t believe it…I gave Ted a like! funny stuff Ted, he looks a lot like Cash.

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  3. Spacetrekker says:

    “On March 14, Thomas Yanaga, 52, shot Marshall Savoy, 32, of Atascadero three times in the chest.”*

    Finally! Someone who was there, who can testify in a court of law. And, luckily for drama magnets, provide statements of “fact” here in the interim.

    *Quoted from CCN – original source not identified/known.

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    • Karen Velie says:

      There is no argument over who shot Marshall Savoy. The argument is was it self defense or murder.

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  4. Citizen says:

    What gang are they talking about?

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  5. wineguyjc says:

    Former City of SLO Utilities Worker!!!

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  6. Pelican1 says:

    Hey Thomas, Elvis died 38 years ago…get over it!

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  7. LAWMAN1 says:

    he’s going to prison, no if ands or butts……his wife needs to fire Funke-blu and start selling his classic cars and mercedes, jeeps & boat and bank the cash.
    Sorry Tommy, your not coming home…

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