Liberace Lover Gets Up to 20 Years in Prison
Scott Thorson sentenced Wednesday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 24, 2014 9:19 AM CST
Actor Michael Douglas, right, and Scott Thorson stand at the top of the stairs as they arrive for the screening of Behind the Candelabra at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France,...   (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

(Newser) – A former lover of Liberace who was the subject HBO film Behind the Candelabra (and wrote a book of the same name on the pianist's life) has been sentenced to eight to 20 years in a Nevada prison for failing another court-ordered drug test while on probation for burglary and identity theft convictions. Washoe District Judge Patrick Flanagan sentenced Scott Thorson on Wednesday after a string of bad drug tests capped by his failure to show up at a court-ordered treatment facility. Flanagan originally suspended the prison sentence in July and gave Thorson a second chance in September after testing positive for methamphetamine, but he failed tests twice in October and again on Nov. 1.

He was arrested Nov. 19 after violating an order to enter an inpatient treatment facility in Reno two weeks earlier, court records show. Thorson, 54, whose real name is Jess Marlow, had admitted he was an addict but insisted he was determined to get sober when he tearfully appealed to the judge in September to spare him from prison. "I'm just asking for another chance," Thorson said, explaining he was dealing with his newfound celebrity stature. I can't help who I am. I'm in show business. I attract these cameras."

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Jan 26, 2014 5:28 AM CST
Poor old Liberace was born 30 years too early.
curt pedersen
Jan 24, 2014 10:25 PM CST
20 years for failing drug tests and not showing up for rehab????? Unbelievable. I was just reading another article about N. Korea and how they are so severe to their people.....and now I'm wondering about us here in the U.S. and what we do to our people. Hmm..... I'd like to think that we save these types of sentences to murderers and rapists, and not theft and identify theft. Otherwise it negates punishments for really serious crimes....doesn't it?
Jan 24, 2014 5:15 PM CST
Joining his ol' Buddies!