The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Entertainment

February 6, 2012

'Teen Mom' Amber Portwood pleads guilty

Terms of agreement include attending drug court program

ANDERSON, Ind. — Anderson’s “Teen Mom” Amber Portwood, 21, told a judge Monday she wants her family back and to remain drug free.

Madison Circuit Court Judge David Happe accepted Portwood’s plea agreement in court Monday morning, where Portwood pleaded guilty to Class D felony possession of a controlled substance and admitted to violating probation.

Now it’s up to the Madison County Drug Court program whether it will accept her.

That decision, Happe said, should be made Thursday, but until then, Portwood — who has been in the Madison County Jail with no bond since her initial arrest Dec. 19 — will remain in jail.

“I understand it’s going to be hard,” she said of the drug court program, “but I have a lot to lose.”

If Portwood is accepted into drug court, she will have to get a full-time job, Happe said, and successfully complete the program in order for the cases against her to be dismissed.

If she fails, however, she will spend five years in the Indiana Department of Correction.

Happe said it’s a difficult program and that “the consequences are serious” if Portwood doesn’t make it through.

The chances of success are greater, he said, if the person really wants to make a change in his or her life. If it’s just about getting out of jail, it makes the program even tougher.

Portwood was initially arrested Dec. 19 at the courthouse during a meeting with probation officers for violating several terms of her probation, including failing to deposit $10,000 into a college trust fund for her daughter, Leah Shirley, owing $56 in probation fees, failing to submit to drug tests and not getting her GED or completing anger management classes.

As part of the plea agreement, Portwood’s attorney Evan Broderick said the trust fund will be set up once she is out of jail.

He said the power of attorney information has been filled out and that the check will be ready.

Portwood said she was actually working toward her high school diploma before being arrested on her parole violations, and added she will pay her $56 probation fee when released.

On Dec. 22, she was charged with Class D felony possession of a controlled substance.

Portwood told Happe she wants her life back and that she thinks about her daughter all the time, when before it was only the pills she thought of.

“I’m a better person when I’m off of them,” she said.

Attorney Bryan Williams, who sat with Portwood and Broderick in the courtroom, said Portwood has asked multiple questions about the drug court program.

“We fully believe she understands what she’s up against ...,” he said, “The reward is great if she can do it.”

Contact Dani Palmer: 640-4847, dani.palmer@heraldbulletin.com

1
Text Only
Entertainment
  • Mounds State Park hosts birding weekend featuring live hawk Mounds State Park will go to the birds April 25-27 as the park hosts “Bird the Mounds.”

    April 19, 2014

  • 14th annual dog walkathon at Shadyside Park The Madison County Humane Society will host its 14th annual dog walkathon on Saturday, May 3. The walk will be at Shadyside Park between 8 a.m. and noon (rain or shine.

    April 19, 2014

  • Liberty Christian makes changes to annual auction Liberty Christian School is upping the ante for its upcoming Duck-Tacular event. The school’s annual benefit auction is steering away from past forest themes to “Duck-Tacular,” a nod to the popular A&E show “Duck Dynasty.”

    April 18, 2014

  • FEA HB0418 LITTLE BIG TOWN Kathy Griffin to perform at Hoosier Park Emmy and Grammy winner Kathy Griffin will dish about her latest run-ins with celebrities and observations about Hollywood’s elite and popular culture in the Terrace Showroom when she brings her stand-up act to Anderson on April 26.

    April 17, 2014 4 Photos

  • Jazz night comes to Paramount Hopkins and Miller’s Sunset Stomp Jazz Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Paramount. The performance is one of the first events for the 27th Annual City of Anderson Little 500 Festival schedule.

    April 17, 2014

  • Weekend Calendar: April 18 Entertainment scheduled at area venues for April 18-20.

    April 17, 2014

  • Live music: April 18 The following listings for live music and other entertainment at area venues are published in the Friday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    April 17, 2014

  • Dog owners invited to Easter egg hunt McCulloch Park will be going to the dogs on Saturday. Residents are invited to join in for the Easter egg hunt specifically for canines and their human companions.

    April 16, 2014

  • FEA HB0416 Reno Sweeney Review: Classic Cole Porter tunes in 'Anything Goes' Light-hearted entertainment reigns at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre as the stage is filled with sparkling costumes, quick stepping and even a little slapstick thrown into the mix. “Anything Goes,” now playing through May 11, may be a musical celebrating its 80th anniversary, but the humor is not lost on modern audiences.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • 'Grace's Magic' to help Second Harvest Ball State graduate Cindee Cox is the author of “Grace’s Magic,” a children’s book geared around helping others and the community in which they live.

    April 14, 2014