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Amber Portwood hasn't had an easy time since gaining fame on MTV's reality series 16 & Pregnant and the spin-off Teen Mom, and her life is not going to get easier any time soon. The 22-year-old mother has been sentenced to five years in prison by an Indiana judge because she failed to complete her drug rehab program following a felony drug charge earlier this year.
Portwood spent two months in jail earlier this year after she pleaded guilty to charges stemming from her December arrest for carrying "a fairly sufficient amount of several different prescription pills," but avoided more jail time by agreeing to go to rehab. According to CNN, she stopped going last month, then was arrested in late May for a probation violation after she failed a urine test and lied about it.
Although Portwood could have received further opportunities to clean up her act, she instead asked the judge to impose her initial five-year prison sentence.
Prosecuting attorney Rodney Cummings said he feels that Port "just opted out." He then added: "I just don't think she knew opting out meant five years in prison."
Portwood, who is mother to 3-year-old daughter Leah, is expected to serve roughly half of her five-year sentence, and then spend the rest of it on parole. If she completes a drug rehab program while she's incarcerated, she could receive a 30-day reduction on her sentence.
This is just the latest in a long string of legal problems for Portwood, though it's the first that has landed her in jail. She faced felony charges for the first time back in November 2010 when she was caught on tape physically abusing her then-boyfriend Gary Shirley in front of their daughter Leah (who is now in Shirley's custody).
Fans will likely get a behind-the-scenes peek at much of this drama when the final season of Teen Mom debuts July 5 on MTV.