Randy Orbach of "Redemption Song" Cover Story Gets 4 Years for Stalking Ex-Girlfriend

Randy Orbach hold told the Weekly he put his criminal life behind him. Then he got arrested again.
Randy Orbach hold told the Weekly he put his criminal life behind him. Then he got arrested again.
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Thomas "Randy" Orbach's "Redemption Song" hit a sour note when he was sentenced to four more years in state prison earlier this month.

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"Redemption Song" was the title of the Weekly cover story that ran a year ago this week and detailed how Orbach, a former millionaire South County financial adviser and son of a former UC Riverside chancellor and George W. Bush administration Department of Energy director, planned to put his criminal past behind him.

The Newport Beach resident did jail time in Seal Beach and county lockup and prison time at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison and the Jamestown Fire Camp for repeatedly harassing and physically assaulting his ex-girlfriend, setting her roof on fire and violating parole by stalking and harassing her again.

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In the Weekly interview, Orbach maintained he had stopped obsessing over the woman, learned hard life lessons while incarcerated and launched a new financial venture that would try to marry lending capital with inner-city projects that might ultimately lead to job opportunities for those who served behind bars with him.

But on March 9, Orbach pleaded guilty to several counts of stalking, illegal use of an electronic device and contempt of a court order, the Orange County District Attorney's office confirms.

His ex-girlfriend was the victim again.

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!


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