In August of 2020, WWE Superstar Sonya Deville was the victim of a terrifying ordeal when a man entered her home with the intent to kidnap her. The perpetrator recently stood trial and was sentenced to prison.
Prosecutors stated that after sending a number of threatening messages on social media, Phillip Thomas drove from South Carolina to Florida in search of the star. He carried with him a knife, duct tape, and zip ties, and arrived at Deville’s home with the intention of kidnapping her.
Surveillance footage from Deville’s home showed the star checking a sliding door after her alarm system was triggered. Footage also showed Thomas walking around Deville’s home looking for the star. However, she had managed to leave the residence along with Mandy Rose, who was staying with her on the night of the incident.
As reported by Fox 13, Judge Barbara Twine-Thomas accepted a plea agreement in which Thomas pleaded guilty to the charges. These charges included attempted kidnapping, aggravated stalking, and armed burglary. He was given a 15 year prison sentence.
Sonya Deville was written off WWE television for months to deal with the aftermath of the terrifying ordeal.
“I Am Happy And Healthy” – Sonya Deville
Taking to Instagram, Sonya Deville reacted to the news that the man who terrorized her life would be spending time behind bars. She expressed gratitude to those who helped her through the trying time and said she finally has some closure.
“Thank you to everyone who has reached out today. After almost 3 years we finally got some closure last week. I am happy and healthy and have amazing people by my side. To say it’s over feels odd but I am beyond grateful for the support and help I received over the past 3 years from HCSO, Tampa PD, to everyone in the courts, attorneys, friends, security and so so many more. I have a lot to say pertaining to this situation which I feel can help a lot of people in similar situations now that the legalities are over. BUT for now thank you”