In the world of sports entertainment, the spotlight often illuminates more than just the scripted drama of the ring. For WWE superstar Sonya Deville, her real-life saga involving convicted stalker Phillip A. Thomas II is one such story that has transcended the boundary between life and entertainment.
The Incident and the Aftermath
In August 2020, Phillip A. Thomas II was arrested for breaking into the home of Sonya Deville, marking the beginning of a legal and emotional saga for the WWE star’‹’‹.
What followed was a series of events that led Thomas to plead guilty to charges of aggravated stalking, armed burglary, and kidnapping. The verdict, delivered without a trial, evoked mixed feelings in Deville.
“The sentence was bittersweet,” Deville confessed in a recent interview with Maria Menounos. She had mentally prepared herself for a trial, ready to relive the haunting events of that fateful night for the sake of justice.
However, the proceedings took a different turn. “I trusted my lawyers’ advisement, and I believe the outcome is good,” she expressed, acknowledging the strange circumstances she had been navigating’‹.
Sonya Deville on the Night of the Break-In
The memory of the incident remains vivid in Deville’s mind. On the night of the break-in, she contemplated returning to her violated home, stubborn and in shock, in an attempt to reclaim her space.
But as darkness fell, reality sank in, and fear took over. She found herself shaking uncontrollably in a hotel room, under an alias, paranoid that Thomas would find her despite his arrest’‹.
“I didn’t know left from right at that point,” she recounted. Her fear was so palpable, she barricaded her hotel room door with a dresser, a stark reminder of the terror she had experienced’‹.
A Silver Lining: From Misfortune to Fortune
While the incident was undoubtedly traumatic, it led to an unexpected turning point in Deville’s life. The need to vacate her home, a consequence of the stalking incident, presented an opportunity: renting out her house. The unexpected financial gain from this arrangement sparked a realisation – she could make a profit from real estate’‹.
“I was making a thousand-plus dollars a month in profit off this house that I was renting out,” Deville revealed. This led to the beginning of her journey in the world of real estate, where she started building a portfolio that included short-term rentals and primary residences.
Her fiancee, sharing her interest in real estate, became a partner in this venture, and together, they even explored house flipping’‹.
The couple is now looking to dive into the restaurant business, considering opening a pizza place. While the terrifying incident remains a part of Deville’s past, she has managed to pivot towards a promising future, turning a period of fear and uncertainty into a path of opportunity and growth’‹.