A 68-year-old man who stalked his neighbors has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
James O'Rourke was convicted by a Sacramento County jury June 8 of felony stalking, while having prior felony convictions, and a misdemeanor charge of willful disobedience of a court order. He was sentenced by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Eugene Balonon.
In 2006, O'Rourke was convicted of stalking a young couple who lived across the street from his house on 40th Street in Sacramento. When he got out of prison in 2009, he moved back into the same house and continued to harass and follow the same victims until the summer of 2011, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.
O'Rourke's conduct included staking out the victims' house and glaring at them as they came and went, verbally assaulting them and standing on the curb near the victims' house in an intimidating manner. He also took more than 1,200 pictures of his neighbors and their guests, as well as their cars and license plates, in front of their home.
Authorities said O'Rourke's threatening and intimidating acts were in violation of an active restraining order, making the victims fear for their safety.