'Teen Mom' Star Amber Portwood Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison
MTV’s Teen Mom star Amber Portwood has been officially sentenced to prison after a lengthy history of legal woes.
Judge David Happe ruled Tuesday that Portwood, 22, must serve two years or more in an Indiana jail after she pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge earlier this year. Portwood had initially avoided prison by agreeing to a plea deal that included drug rehab, but according to CNN, she dropped out of the program last month.
Portwood, mother to a three-year-old daughter, was arrested on May 24 for violating her drug court probation requirements. Prosecuting Attorney Rodney Cummings said that she failed a urine test and lied about it.
Portwood could have been giving multiple opportunities before having her probation revoked, “but she just opted out,” Cummings said. “I just don’t think she knew opting out meant five years in prison.”
Portwood is expected to serve two-and-a-half years in jail before she is likely released on parole for the remainder of the five years, according to Cummings. She could also potentially receive a 30-day reduction for completing a drug rehab program while in prison.
Portwood was first arrested on felony domestic violence charges in November 2010 stemming from incidents filmed on the reality TV show. She was often seen physically attacking her then-boyfriend, and father of her child, Gary Shirley. She was rearrested in December when a probation search resulted in “a fairly sufficient amount of several different prescription pills,” said Cummings.
Portwood’s daughter, Leah, is currently in the custody of Shirley.