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Report: 'Teen Mom' Amber Portwood may avoid jail sentence


When an Indiana judge tossed "Teen Mom" Amber Portwood in jail for allegedly violating probation in her domestic violence case in December, things did not look good for the reality personality. She was accused of two new felonies and was ordered to remain in jail until at least Jan. 27.

The new charges? Battery and possession of a controlled substance.

Today, the troubled young mother has reportedly struck a deal, according to TMZ. Law enforcement told the gossip site that Portwood would plead guilty to violating probation and possession, and will complete a court-ordered drug rehab program. Assuming she holds up her end of the bargain, her case will be dismissed. If she makes any more legal stumbles or fails to complete the program, she'll be sent to prison immediately to serve a five-year sentence, according to TMZ.

But it's not a done deal yet. The website reports that the judge still has to OK the deal. The hearing is set for Feb. 6.

The legal trouble began for Portwood when MTV aired a season two episode of its popular docuseries "Teen Mom" showing her repeatedly punching and slapping then-fiance Gary Shirley, who is the father of her toddler, Leah. She pled guilty last June to two counts of felony domestic violence in that case, and was given a two-year suspended sentence and placed on two years of probation.

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