A man accused of participating in a May 28 altercation at Bonneville Raceway that escalated into a riot has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $1,000 in fines.
Christopher Paul Phillips, 24, 3763 S. Rockwood Way, pleaded guilty to one reduced Class B count of resisting arrest and entered a no-contest plea to a rioting charge before 3rd Circuit Judge Tyrone E. Medley.Phillips was originally charged with three Class A counts of assault on a peace officer, one Class B riot charge and a Class C intoxication charge. Medley sentenced Phillips Friday to serve 180 days in jail, then suspended all but 30 days of the sentence after which Phillips will be on probation for six months, according to a court clerk.
West Valley City police officers had been responding to calls on a number of alcohol-related fights at the raceway when a man approached an officer and said they should do something about a 7-foot-tall "crazy man," according to a police report.
Onlookers began to heckle police after they took Phillips, 6 feet 11 inches tall, into custody. The altercation escalated into a rock-and-bottle-throwing riot. Officers from five other jurisdictions were called in before police ordered the raceway closed and the angry crowd was eventually disbanded.