A Fort Washakie man who stole money from an Indian health clinic and pistol-whipped another man last year has been sentenced to 36 months in prison followed by three years of supervised probation.
Wyoming U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl sentenced Logan James Savage on Jan. 24, and ordered him to pay $81,922 in restitution.
Though he originally faced seven federal charges and the possibility of more than a century in prison, Savage ultimately pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and another of theft from an Indian organization.
Skavdahl recommended to the federal Bureau of Prisons to put Savage in a South Dakota or Minnesota prison.
The judge “strongly and emphatically recommends that the defendant be allowed to participate in the Residential Drug Abuse Program,” says Skavdahl’s judgment order.
As part of his probation term – which is to follow his prison term – Savage can’t have drugs and must submit to at least three drug tests throughout his probation term.
Meanwhile, In Teton County
Meanwhile, Savage has an ongoing aggravated assault case in Teton County District Court, a Wyoming state court.
He could face up to 10 more years in a Wyoming prison if convicted of punching a man who reportedly tried to kiss him outside a bar in Jackson, shattering the man’s teeth.
Savage and the other man were talking outside the Rose in Jackson at about 2 a.m. Aug. 10, says an evidentiary affidavit filed later that morning in Jackson Circuit Court.
An eyewitness told police that Savage punched the other man in the face, dropping him to the ground. Savage waited about 4 seconds, then kicked the man in the face as he lay on the ground, the affidavit alleges.
The witness told police that Savage claimed he attacked the other man because the man had tried to kiss him.
Savage pleaded not guilty of the Teton County charge Aug. 29. He was facing a Jan. 8 jury trial, but the trial has been canceled and not yet rescheduled.
Savage has waived his right to a speedy trial in that case.
The Pistol Whipping
In the case of the federal pistol-whipping conviction for which Savage is now serving prison time, he had reportedly brandished a pistol and struck another man in the head several times with it.
Savage then forced the victim to kiss the pistol and threatened to kill him if he ever assaulted his father “again” or told law enforcement, the case prosecutor said in court at an early hearing for Savage in April 2023.
In the embezzlement case, a grand jury indicted Savage on claims that he used the Wind River Family and Community Health Care clinic’s business credit card to buy himself furniture, guns and groceries, totaling about $26,491 while he worked as the clinic’s finance director.
He originally faced six charges in that case, but ultimately pleaded guilty to the sixth count only. The prosecutor has apparently dropped the other five charges.
Clair McFarland can be reached at Clair@CowboyStateDaily.com.