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Stalker handed 5 years in prison

Vulgar text messages and threatening voice mails led to a five-year prison sentence Friday for a 31-year-old Fort Wayne man who admitted to stalking a woman.

Jermaine A. Mitchell was given a six-year prison sentence on the felony charge, but Allen Superior Judge John Surbeck suspended one year of the sentence and ordered that to be served on probation.

Mitchell pleaded guilty to the stalking charge in late January and as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, the additional charges were dismissed.

Originally charged with two counts of stalking and additional charges of intimidation and invasion of privacy, Mitchell was accused of sending threats and vulgar messages to a woman, including while he was in the Allen County Jail.

The woman told police her life had been affected by Mitchell’s conduct, including the loss of her job because Mitchell wouldn’t stay away from her place of employment.