Reality TV Personality Gets Five-Year Prison Sentence

Jun 6, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A reality show star who has run afoul of the law in the past couple of years has been sentenced to five years in prison, reports the Indianapolis Star.

Amber Portwood, a star of MTV’s reality show "Teen Mom," received the sentence after failing a drug test while on probation, violating the terms of a plea agreement.

The 22-year-old was first arrested in 2010 after beating up her boyfriend, but avoided jail when a judge gave her a two-year suspended sentence and probation, the story says.

She was arrested again last December after probation officers found drugs in her home, and agreed to participate in a drug rehab program. However, Portwood failed a urine test last month, the story says.

Portwood also gave inaccurate information to authorities, Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said.

“She said she was taking the drugs for a medical condition,” Cummings said. “The physician treating her did not support that.”

The prosecutor noted that authorities were willing to work with Portwood, but she appeared to be unable to hold up her end of the rehab arrangement.

“Relapse is part of the pharmacology of treatment,” he said. “But she just said she couldn’t do it and she wanted out of the program. The consequence for opting out was jail time. That already had been determined.”

Portwood will be able to reduce her sentence to two-and-a-half years through proper conduct while in prison, the piece adds.

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