Taunton man sentenced for threatening delivery driver, vandalizing vehicle

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TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) —  A Taunton man who allegedly threatened a pizza delivery driver with a knife and vandalized his vehicle was sentenced to serve two and a half years behind bars, the Bristol County District Attorney’s office announced.

Leonard Vargus, 45, pleaded guilty last week to charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and malicious destruction of a motor vehicle.

Officials say Vargus slashed the tires of a Domino’s delivery driver, climbed onto the vehicle and held a knife to the victim’s head through the sunroof on July 1, 2018.

“The defendant is a career criminal who should have received a longer state prison sentence. He has a history of violence and also has completed a substantial federal sentence for selling drugs and laundering money, ” Quinn said. “This is a pointless act of violence perpetrated against an innocent person who was just trying to make a living. The defendant is not someone who can be rehabilitated.”

The victim told police he feared for his life and notified police Vargus was nearby holding the knife.

According to officials, Vargus yelled, “I don’t stab tires, I stab people check my record,” while being taken into police custody.

Judge Gregg Pasquale and Assistant District Attorney Michael Sheehan originally argued for a more severe state prison term.

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