Judge Nearly Doubles Douglas Sentence

Actor's son gets extra 54 months for smuggling drugs in jail

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 22, 2011 12:03 AM CST

(Newser) – Telling Cameron Douglas he was the most reckless defendant he'd ever had in his courtroom, a federal judge has nearly doubled his five-year prison term. Michael Douglas' 32-year-old son confessed to having heroin and pills smuggled into the prison where he was serving time for drug dealing. Judge Richard Berman—who described Douglas' original sentence as a last chance—gave him another 54 months, three times what prosecutors had recommended, the New York Daily News reports.

"I don’t believe that I have had another case ever of a defendant who has so recklessly, and flagrantly, and wantonly and criminally acted in as destructive and manipulative a fashion," Berman said, telling prosecutors it was time to stop coddling Douglas, who had "blown the biggest opportunity of his life." Because he agreed to help bust his supplier, Douglas' original sentence was half the mandatory minimum. "I feel ashamed," he said before sentencing. His father—who pleaded for leniency last year—was not at the hearing.

Michael Douglas and his son, Cameron, pose at a movie premiere in April 2009.
Michael Douglas and his son, Cameron, pose at a movie premiere in April 2009.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
In this April 27, 2009 file photo, Cameron Douglas, son of Michael Douglas, arrives at a film premiere in Los Angeles.
In this April 27, 2009 file photo, Cameron Douglas, son of Michael Douglas, arrives at a film premiere in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
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