A Roosevelt man who vandalized a Tooele neighborhood and broke into two homes before attacking one of the homeowners has been sentenced to prison.
Last November,Tyson Cook, 19, entered a home in northeast Tooele but was told to leave. As he left, he picked up a baseball bat and walked from house to house hitting objects with it including several mailboxes. He also hit vehicles, causing broken windows and auto body damage.
He then broke the glass of a home’s sliding glass door with the bat and went inside, where he next hit the homeowner on the head. The victim managed to get Cook in a headlock while the victim’s wife took the bat away from Cook before police arrived. Cook kicked the homeowners and neighbors who had rallied to help, as well as responding officers.
For their efforts in subduing Cook while officers arrested him, Frank and Anita Coester, Lonny Anderson and Freddy Rojas were given the Citizen Service Award at the Tooele City Police Department annual awards banquet last month.
In January, Cook pleaded guilty to one count of burglary, a second-degree felony, and aggravated assault, a third-degree felony. His plea was part of a deal that knocked down the severity of the burglary charge from a first-degree felony, as well as dismissing seven other charges ranging from a class B misdemeanor to a second-degree felony.
He was sentenced to an indeterminate prison term of one to 15 years, and another indeterminate term of up to five years in prison. The two terms are to be run concurrently. It was also recommended that Cook enter into substance abuse treatment programs while in prison.