Madison County Sheriff Dept.
Looks like "Teen Mom" star Amber Portwood is finally getting a lucky break this year.
According to TMZ, an Indiana judge today approved the plea deal she struck on Jan. 27. What does this mean? No five-year prison sentence for the reality personality -- at least, not yet. As part of the deal, Portwood pled guilty to felony possession of a controlled substance. She will also have to enter and successfully complete the Madison County Drug Court program. If she fails, she's off to prison. If she's successful, the possession charge in her case will be dismissed.
Portwood is currently still in custody and is awaiting an evaluation by the Drug Court team, according to TMZ. According to the judge in her case, David Happe, the program will decide whether or not to accept her on Thursday, the Herald Bulletin reported.
The legal issues kicked off for Portwood when MTV aired a season two episode of its hit docuseries in 2010 showing the young mother repeatedly punching and slapping then-fiance Gary Shirley in the presence of their toddler, Leah. Portwood pled guilty to two counts of felony domestic violence in June and was given a two-year suspended sentence and two years of probation.
On Dec. 19, the judge in her case, David Happe, ordered her to be taken into custody for violating the terms of her probation. According to the probation violation report, the list of her offences included taking "substantial steps to commission the criminal offense(s) of Battery and Public Intoxication," failing to pay her probation fees, not depositing money into a college fund for her daughter and not obtaining her GED.
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