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Man accused of violent rampage, attacking former boss sentenced to prison

Man accused of violent rampage, attacking former boss sentenced to prison

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SALT LAKE CITY — A man accused in a violent rampage that ended with an assault of his former boss has been sentenced to prison.

Philip G. Deluca, 33, of Taylorsville, was sentenced Friday to at least five years and up to life in prison for breaking into his former boss's house. He pleaded guilty last month to aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony.

Deluca was given credit for 419 days he has served since his arrest last year.

Additional charges were dismissed in exchange for Deluca's plea, including one count of aggravated assault, a second-degree felony; four counts of criminal mischief, a second-degree felony; and two class B misdemeanor counts of assault and criminal mischief.

As part of Deluca's deal with prosecutors, three other cases were dismissed, including two cases of criminal mischief, a second-degree felony, and one case of assault by a prisoner, a third-degree felony.

According to police, Deluca set out on a rampage on May 22, 2016, beginning with smashing his Chevy Duramax truck into cars and homes in White City and a police substation in Cottonwood Heights.

Having recently been fired, Deluca then went to a home in Millcreek belonging to his former boss, with whom he had a bad falling out in recent weeks, police said.

Deluca made his way into the house and started beating his ex-boss with a crutch while he was still in bed, according to the charges. The man suffered several facial fractures and was admitted to the intensive care unit, the charges state.

When the man's wife and daughters heard the commotion coming from their father's room, they attempted to help him by hitting Deluca on the head with a hoverboard and spraying him with pepper spray, the charges state. Deluca was also accused of punching the man's wife.

According to court records, Deluca was convicted of attempted aggravated assault in 2013 and ordered to complete a mental health treatment program as part of his probation. In that case, Deluca reportedly "snapped" and rammed his truck into the back of another vehicle, pushing it through an intersection and into a light pole.

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