Yanaga receives 40 years to life in prison
October 9, 2015
A judge has sentenced Paso Robles man Thomas Yanaga to 40 years to life in prison.
Yanaga, 53, was convicted last month of second-degree murder in the killing of Atascadero resident Marshall Savoy, 32. Yanaga shot Savoy in March after the Atascadero man tried to break up an argument between Yanaga and his wife at their Paso Robles home.
Yanaga claimed he shot Savoy in self defense and that Savoy was an intruder. Ashley Moss, Savoy’s girlfriend, witnessed the shooting and testified that Yanaga shot Savoy with a smirk on his face.
He walked into the kitchen, grabbed a gun, loaded the clip with a happy smirk and then shouted, “Hey Marshall,” Moss said. Yanaga then shot Savoy five times, Moss testified.
Shortly after police arrested Yanaga, he posted $1 million bail and gained release from San Luis Obispo County Jail. A week later, Yanaga was one of three men arrested following a shooting in Hanford.
In the Hanford case, Kings County Sheriff’s deputies charged Yanaga with attempted murder, participating in a street gang and committing a new offense while on bail, as well as committing a new felony.
At sentencing in San Luis Obispo, Yanaga received 15 years to life for the murder conviction. He received an additional 25 years to his sentence for an enhancement to his conviction. The enhancement was for discharging a firearm during the murder.