"Teen Mom" star Amber Portwood won't be around to promo the final season of the show that made her famous. Instead, she's now locked up in an Indiana penitentiary for five years - on her own wishes!
The troubled reality star's sentence has to do with a Feb. 22 felony drug charge for prescription medication. She was originally sentenced to three years, but avoided the sentence by agreeing to go to a court-mandated drug rehab program. Portwood later skipped out on the program and missed a drug test because she said she had gallbladder surgery and needed to rest. Her doctors later denied she had any procedure.
In May, Portwood told the Madison County, Indiana, judge that she'd rather go to prison for five years than go back to rehab because she'll always be a "bad girl." The judge granted her wish on June 5 and sentenced her to the full five years, though there's a chance she could get the sentence reduced for good behavior.
The biggest loser in all of this? Her daughter, Leah.
"Pray for Amber. She could use your thoughts and prayers and say 1 for Leah thanks guys," baby daddy Gary Shirley tweeted when she decided on the five-year sentence. "…You know Leah looks up to Amber a lot. Trust me when I say she didn't give up. She did what was gonna happen anyways. Drug Court was bullying her already... Constantly."
Portwood's decision to go to prison is pretty unprecedented when it comes to celebrity incarceration, but there are several celebs serving big time stints in the big house for various violations. The most common reason for celebrity prison time is tax evasion - Ja Rule is in prison for it, as is actor Wesley Snipes. The "Blade" actor is currently serving out a three-year sentence in a Pennsylvania prison on tax evasion charges.
The actor - currently one year in on his sentence - was convicted of willfully avoiding his income taxes. He owed millions of dollars at the time of his arrest and even submitted fraudulent returns to the IRS. Still, he said he was being unfairly targeted and tried to fight the ruling.
Snipes went to prison in December 2010 and is scheduled for release in July 2013. He's said to be in good spirits, according to pal Spike Lee.
"Yesterday I went to Pennsylvania to spend two great hours with my man Wesley Snipes," Lee tweeted in March. "Mr. Snipes is in great shape, mentally, physically and spiritually. We laughed and joked for the whole two-hour visit. He said when he gets out - 'It's on.'"
Just a reminder, kids: Pay your taxes and stay off drugs.
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