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Michael Douglas' Son Gets Five Years in Prison

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A judge has sentenced Academy Award-winner Michael Douglas' son to five years in prison on drug charges, saying it's his "last chance to make it."

Michael and Cameron Douglas

Federal Judge Richard Berman handed down the sentence on Tuesday after hearing 31-year-old Cameron Douglas apologize in open court. Cameron admitted that he had ignored the opportunities he'd been given to turn his life around.

Numerous friends and family -- including Cameron's father, Michael Douglas, his stepmother, Catherine Zeta-Jones and his grandfather, legendary actor Kirk Douglas -- had all written letters to Judge Berman, begging for leniency. Michael's five-page handwritten letter blamed many of his troubled son's problems on his own fame. He admitted that he'd been an absentee father due to his acting career and revealed that his famous family has a history of drug addiction. He added that Cameron has been using drugs since age 13.

Michael wrote that since Cameron has been incarcerated, he has seen a change in his son. "Cameron has already been sober longer than any time since he was 13," he wrote. "With the plans discussed in your courtroom, a strictly supervised aftercare program, I believe Cameron would be a positive force to society and I know one of his strengths would be talking to kids, sharing the mistakes he made." Michael concluded the letter by writing, "I love my son, but I'm not blind to his actions. I so believe out of the adversity, he will be a positive citizen ... I don't want to see him break."

Cameron admitted to dealing methamphetamine and cocaine. He had faced a 10-year term.

Click here to read all of the letters written on Cameron's behalf.


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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
Maggie April 20, 2010, 10:54 PM

I guess money does talk. The more you have, the less time you serve. I bet all those minorities serving 20 plus years in prison would have liked that “last chance” deal.


Maggie April 20, 2010, 11:03 PM

I guess money does talk. The more you have, the less time you serve. I bet all those minorities serving 20 plus years would have liked that “last chance” deal.

Mat April 20, 2010, 11:59 PM

More like several well written letters. When’s the last time you’ve written a letter?

chris April 21, 2010, 3:41 AM

From what I read yesterday, this crime does have a mandatory 10 yr sentence so yes money does talk. And if Michael thinks that his son will stay “clean” in prison, well that’s a joke.


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