Prison for man who stalked corrections officer

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ST. JOHNS, Mich. (WOOD) — A former inmate who was convicted of stalking a female prison officer and assaulting her boyfriend is headed back to a state prison.

James Kenny was sentenced in Clinton County Circuit Court to between 12 and 35 years in prison. The judge also ordered Kenny to have no contact with the corrections officer who he stalked or her boyfriend.

Kenny began stalking the prison officer after he was released from the Michigan Reformatory in Ionia, causing her to take out a personal protection order against him.

In June 2015, he showed up at her home in Clinton County’s Westphalia Township and brandishing a knife at her boyfriend. The boyfriend disarmed Kenny, who took off, prompting a multi-agency manhunt. He was eventually spotted by two citizens, who managed to catch and restrain him until a nearby officer arrived to arrest Kenny.

In March of this year, Kenny filed a federal lawsuit against everyone associated with the case — including the victim, her boyfriend, the police officers, prosecutors, judges and even Gov. Rick Snyder — claiming his arrest violated his constitutional rights.

In April, a Clinton County jury found him guilty of aggravated stalking, assault with a dangerous weapon, and resisting and obstructing a police officer.

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