Amber Portwood of 'Teen Mom' sentenced to 5 years in prison
Amber Portwood of the MTV reality series "Teen Mom" has been sentenced to five years in prison after stating she would rather go to jail than continue a court-mandated drug treatment program, but will likely serve out half of the time behind bars.
An Indiana judge ruled on Tuesday that the 22-year-old must serve the prison time that was first imposed when she pleaded guilty to her felony drug charge, CNN reported.
Portwood was arrested in December 27, 2010 on charges of felony domestic battery and child neglect. In June 2011, she was put on probation and given a suspended two-year jail sentence for assaulting her ex-fiancé Gary Shirley, the father of her 3-year-old daughter Leah.
In December 2011, she was arrested again and was found in possession of prescription drugs. She pled guilty and was taken into custody at an Indiana jail. In January 2012, her lawyer struck a plea deal that would call for her to be sent to rehab rather than be sentenced to prison for five years.
In late May, she was arrested for violating her drug probation requirements by failing a urine test and lying about it. She told a judge she has not given up drugs and would rather go to jail than continue her treatment program.
CNN quoted prosecuting attorney Rodney Cummings as saying her drug violation did not have to lead to her probation to be revoked, as probationers are given up to three opportunities, but that Portwood "just opted out," adding: "I just don't think she knew opting out meant five years in prison."
Portwood was given credit for 120 days she has already spent in jail and Cummings added that Portwood will likely spend two-and-a-half years in prison before being released on parole for the remainder of the five years and that she could get another 30-day reduction for completing a drug rehab program while in prison.
Madison County, Indiana, Circuit Judge David Happe ruled Tuesday that Portwood must serve the prison time he imposed earlier this year when she pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge. She had avoided prison with a plea deal that included drug rehab, but she dropped out of the program last month.
The final season of "Teen Mom" premieres on June 12 at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.