Cameron Douglas Gets Half The Jail Time, Judge Calls Out “Problematic Parenting”

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He’s got a legendary grandpa, a superstar father and a step-mom who doesn’t do too bad for herself. Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones all wrote letters asking for a lenient jail-sentence for Cameron Douglas in the weeks leading up to his hearing. Looks like the pleas worked, because Judge Richard Berman handed Cameron a five-year jail sentence, instead of a much harsher 10-year stint, for dealing crystal meth. Berman said, “We all need to get over the theme that Cameron Douglas is a victim. Some of the letters reflect a somewhat naive and even misguided viewpoint.” He also warned, “I think this case and this sentencing may well be his last chance to make it.”

Apart from the letters, the judge also noted the eight months Cameron has already spent in jail. He also mentioned that if the troubled rich kid does a drug treatment program behind bars, another year could get shaved off the sentence. Cameron responded, reading from a prepared statement: “Nothing, your honor, is more important to me than my family and the goals that I have set for myself, and I feel adamant that I will not let myself be led astray by my warped thinking and false pretences due to my long heroin addiction.”

Interesingly, Berman also considered that very famous family’s history while doling out his final verdict, calling out “problematic parenting by both his mother and father in the forms of parental absence and distance, parental immaturity and drug and alcohol abuse in the immediate and extended famlies.”  Whatever the dynamics may be, we’d say – stay strong Cameron. You ‘ll be out in no time. But third chances are hard to come by — even for kids of Hollywood’s elite. [Photo: Getty Images]

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