Amber Portwood, who stars in MTV’s ‘Teen Mom’ was sentenced to five years in prison today. The 21-year-old mom will avoid doing a lot of the prison time by accepting to enter a drug program.
Portwood was shackled at the ankles and wrists today as she appeared in Madison County Court in Anderson, Indiana.
Under a plea deal, the reality TV star plead guilty to one count of Class D felony possession of a controlled substance, and one count of parole probation violation. If she succeeds in completing the terms of the drug court program, the case against her will be dismissed. If she fails, the judge told Portwood she would be send to prison to serve the five years he ordered.
‘I know it is going to be hard but I have a lot to lose – I have a daughter,’ Portwood quietly told Judge Happe.
‘All I can do is try, I have a lot of people behind me.’
Asked what she hoped to get out of the plea deal, Portwood said: ‘I want to possibly get my family back.
‘I have been doing pills for eight years, since I was 13, and since then I have never been drug free until I detoxed.
‘I think about my daughter all the time and I did not really do that before, I always thought about when I was going to get more pills.
‘I am just a better person when I am off them. I remember when I was sober after rehab I was happier then too.
Amber was arrested on December 19th at the courthouse during a meeting with probation officers for violating her probation. On December 22 she was charged with Class D felony possession of a controlled substance – hydrocodone pills.
What a mess! Hopefully she can get her life back in order. For her daughters sake!