LAPORTE | A former Michigan City high school athlete could spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Rodney Richards was found guilty by a jury Wednesday in LaPorte Circuit Court of four felony counts involving dealing cocaine and possession with intent to deliver cocaine and heroin.
He could receive an up to 50-year sentence on each of three counts and an up to eight-year sentence on the lesser charge.
Michigan City High School athletic director Bear Falls said Richards was a forward on his ninth grade basketball team at Elston High School in the 1980s and Richards also played quarterback on the varsity football squad.
He has at least one prior drug dealing related conviction, according to court officials.
"Rodney was very quiet and very well mannered. I never had a problem with him," said Falls.
Sentencing is set for November 15.