SOUTH BEND — A former football coach at Penn High School was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison for stalking his ex-girlfriend last year.
Ryan Randolph, 35, pleaded guilty last month to felony stalking. Prosecutors accused him of repeatedly violating a protective order the woman had obtained against him.
He admitted to driving by her house, crouching outside her bedroom window in the middle of the night, calling her and sending her text messages.
One night in June 2010, the woman found him hiding in her backyard and fired four gunshots when he approached her. She held him at gunpoint until police arrived.
A next-door neighbor later found a crowbar, a knife in a sheath and a camouflage-colored flashlight in her yard.
Randolph was taken into police custody after his sentencing. He is currently in the St. Joseph County Jail awaiting transport to prison.
The judge also sentenced Randolph to three years’ probation beginning Tuesday.
Randolph formerly was a freshman football coach at Penn High School and an assistant boys track coach. He resigned in February 2010 after a separate misdemeanor charge related to violating the woman’s protective order.
He was on probation for that offense when he was arrested in the stalking case, according to court records.
Randolph’s charge was reduced from a Class C felony to a Class D felony as part of his plea agreement.
Randolph’s three-year prison sentence is the maximum allowed by law for a Class D-level felony.
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