Challis Man sentenced to at least 22 years in 2019 slaying

Posted at 4:21 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 18:21:44-05

CHALLIS, Idaho (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting another man, then burning and burying the body, was sentenced Tuesday to at least 22 years in prison.

KIFI reports that Ben Savage plead guilty to the slaying of 23-year-old Charles McBride in February of 2019.

Judge Stevan H. Thompson called the crime north of Challis, Idaho, an “execution style killing.” Through a plea agreement, the 36-year-old Savage did not have to stand trial and could not be considered for the death penalty.

Savage faced between 17 and 25 years minimum in prison for first-degree murder. Thompson said that because of how premeditated the killing was, he couldn’t give Savage a lesser sentencing.

Savage will be transferred to the Idaho State Correctional Institution in Boise.