East Tennessee man pleads guilty to lying about bear attack

JACKSBORO, TN (WJHL) – An East Tennessee man charged with filing a false report after he told authorities a bear attacked him last September pleaded guilty in Campbell Co. Criminal Court this month.

Michael Savage, 28, of LaFollette, claimed he was walking along Demory Road in the early morning hours on September 4 when he was attacked by an animal with dark coarse fur that was possibly a bear.

Savage had multiple lacerations on his chest and face however they were inconsistent with injuries typically sustained in bear attacks. After a thorough investigation by the TWRA, there was no evidence to support the claim and Savage was charged with the felony violation.

Savage appeared in front of Judge Shayne Sexton in Campbell Co. Criminal Court on April 11 and pleaded guilty to the felony charge of false report.

Before the plea, he served time in jail from January 7 to April 11 while awaiting a plea bargain.

After the plea, Judge Sexton sentenced him to serve an additional 95 days in jail with 2 years unsupervised probation and $3,130 in court cost and fines.

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