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Michael Douglas' son sentenced to 4.5 more years in prison

Washington, Thu, 22 Dec 2011 ANI

Washington, Dec 22 (ANI): Michael Douglas' son Cameron has been sentenced to an additional 4 and a half more years in jail on top of his current five-year prison sentence for drug dealing.


The 33-year-old troubled son of the Oscar-winning actor was sentenced in April 2010 for drug trafficking but got the additional term, which was more than twice what prosecutors were seeking for possessing drugs while in prison.


"I feel ashamed," Fox News quoted the actor's son as saying.


After the court hearing in New York, Douglas' mom Diandra Douglas wept and refused to talk with reporters.


Inside Manhattan federal court, Diandra's eyes widened and jaw dropped when she heard how much time her son had received.


She was so distraught that she left her cellphone behind once the hearing was over.


Michael Douglas did not attend the hearing.


Cameron had been looking for another chance, writing to the judge earlier this week that he was saturated in shame and penitence.


He had also begged for the opportunity to build himself and gain the tools he needs to shape his future.


"I feel so strongly, for the first time in my life, that I am truly ripe for positive reform and real achievement," he stated in the Manhattan federal court filing.


Cameron, who turned rat and got five years in jail following his 2009 arrest for dealing meth, noted that he has been battling the disease of addiction, for more than half of his life.


Instead, Judge Richard Berman showed him very little mercy with the hefty prison sentence and a 4,000-dollar fine, calling him "reckless, disruptive and non-compliant."


Douglas was also given a two-year ban for family visits and will receive immediate drug treatment while in prison.


The feds had only asked for two years.


Berman added that Douglas had blown the biggest opportunity of his life.


Douglas' lawyer Nick De Feis said his client has never been given a chance to clean himself up while in prison, which Berman said that he gave him ample opportunity to straighten up. (ANI)


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