Let’s break it down. teen mom and alum ryan edwards he was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in prison after a series of legal troubles in the past three months, including three arrests in 2023. Read on for a breakdown of his charges and how he ended up in prison.
Teen Mom’s Ryan Edwards accused Mackenzie of cheating
Ryan’s estranged wife, mackenzie edwards (née Standifer), told Hamilton County sheriff’s deputies that the couple’s troubles began on “January 1, New Year’s Day.”
“We have had problems for a long time,” he added. “Ryan has serious substance abuse issues that I found out the day after we got married six years ago. … So I stayed and tried to help. He was 20 years old. It just got to be too much.”
Ryan took to social media later that month to publicly accuse his wife of adultery, saying: “I’m not proud to be married to someone who stays in bars and goes home with other guys.” [sic].”
“I trusted you, but now your words mean nothing to me, because your actions spoke the truth,” read a quote shared by Ryan via Instagram on Jan. 29. “Your repentance is coming… good lord you showed me what I need but not what I wanted [sic]”, he captioned the post.
Ryan from Teen Mom threatened Mackenzie
According to an arrest affidavit obtained by In contactThe mother of three recorded a phone conversation with her estranged husband that she interpreted as a “legitimate threat to his life.”
“You better lie to the guys who come and ask you, they’ll come and ask you at work,” Ryan said during the conversation with Mackenzie on February 8. “You know he’s a big no to not be married. and make your wife disrespect you like that, but I said I’d take the ass because I didn’t want the result to be [unintelligible] to you, and that’s not fair.
Ryan continued, “If you don’t tell me the truth right now, God, you’re going to regret it.”
The next day, the 16 and pregnant alum received a protective order from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. He was ordered to immediately vacate the couple’s residence.
Teen Mom’s Ryan Arrested For Harassment
Ryan was arrested at his workplace on February 10 after he violated the protective order by contacting Mackenzie’s father.
In addition to communicating with his father-in-law, Ryan allegedly vandalized the home he shared with his ex-wife. Body camera images obtained by In contact, the Tennessee native entered the couple’s home on February 9 and proceeded to leave a trail of destruction in his wake.
From broken windows and holes punched in walls, to overturned furniture and spray-painted smears on walls and furniture, the damage was horrific.
In the video, the mother-of-three is heard saying that after she told her husband she wanted a divorce, he “became crazy and violent, and he’s never been like this before, never.”
He was also charged with stalking, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Teen Mom’s Mackenzie filed for divorce
Two weeks after Ryan’s arrest, Mackenzie filed for divorce on February 27. At the time of her filing, she was granted a restraining order and temporary custody of her children.
Teen Mom’s Ryan Arrested Again
The father of three was arrested again just two days after his estranged wife filed for divorce.
“This afternoon, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office personnel arrested Ryan Edwards on the following charges: stalking [and] Protection order violation,” a March 1 press release stated.
He was released on bail just a day later.
Teen Mom Ryan Charges Dropped
Ryan appeared in front of Judge Starnes in a Hamilton County courthouse on March 14, when the judge dropped charges stemming from his February 10 and March 1 arrests, including stalking, possession of drug paraphernalia, and violation of a protective order .
According to court records consulted by In contact, The judge also said the MTV personality’s charge for possession of a controlled substance would be dismissed if he completes six months in rehab.
Ryan pleaded guilty to stalking and was ordered to wear a GPS monitor, go to rehab, have no contact with the victim, and “complete HCP level 2 for 11 months and 29 days” unless in treatment.
Teen Mom Ryan Checked Into Rehab
Ryan reportedly checked into a rehab facility in Austin, Texas, two days after his court appearance, according to the judge. However, he was unable to complete the six months Judge Starnes required after retiring early on April 3.
Teen Mom’s Ryan Overdosed and Was Arrested Again
After returning to Tennessee, Ryan was found “unresponsive and unconscious” in his vehicle and was rushed to the hospital after being revived from a near-fatal overdose on April 7.
“Ryan Edwards was removed from the vehicle and placed in [an ambulance]where he received Narcan and eventually regained consciousness,” according to an arrest affidavit obtained by In contact. “A quick search of Ryan Edwards by EMS turned up one small bag of what appeared to be a crystal type substance and a second small bag of what appeared to be a blue powder. Also in the pocket was a paper receipt that had been rolled up.”
Despite refusing to take a blood test, Ryan later admitted that he “huffed some dust before waking up in the back of an ambulance.”
Upon leaving the hospital, he was arrested and charged with DUI and simple possession. He was being held without bail until his court date on April 20.
Teen Mom’s Ryan Sentenced to 1 Year in Prison
After failing to complete six months in rehab as previously ordered by Judge Starnes, Ryan violated his probation and was given a prison sentence of 11 months and 29 days.
“He is in extreme danger to himself, he died on Broad Street and they had to resuscitate him. You would have been dead. You should realize that,” Judge Starnes said during Ryan’s sentencing hearing on April 20, according to Sun. “Rehab won’t be good because he won’t do it. He needs to grow up, you know. You have three children. You may have some problems with your wife, but you have three children. I’m trying to save your life.
He went on to say that he may decide to send Ryan back to rehab in the future, but that he doesn’t think now is the time because “drug addiction is so strong.”
Ryan is due back in court to be sentenced on charges stemming from his April 7 arrest on June 12.