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'Teen Mom' Amber Portwood sentenced to five years in prison

Madison County Sherrif's Dept. / Today

Expect to hear very little from Amber Portwood of "Teen Mom" fame for a long while. The reality TV personality was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday after telling the judge in her case on May 25  that she didn't want to participate in the drug court program she was ordered to complete.

According to The Herald Bulletin -- the paper in her hometown of Anderson, Ind. -- Portwood told the judge that "she'd been a bad girl" while in the program.

Her attorney has not yet responded to a request for comment.

In February, an Indiana judge approved a plea deal that would allow Portwood to avoid a five-year prison sentence. As part of the deal, she agreed to enter and complete a drug court program and to plead guilty to felony possession of a controlled substance.

Her legal issues kicked off in 2010 when a season two episode of the MTV docuseries "Teen Mom" showed Portwood repeatedly punching and hitting then-fiance, Gary Shirley, while their toddler daughter, Leah, was in the room. She pled guilty to two counts of felony domestic violence and was give a two-year suspended sentence and two years of probation. Shirley now has custody of the little girl.

Late last year, Portwood violated probation in that case when she was accused of committing two new felonies -- battery and possession of a controlled substance, the latter of which she later pled guilty to in her plea.

The final season of "Teen Mom," which will document some of Portwood's legal troubles, premieres at 10 p.m. June 12 on MTV.

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