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'Teen Mom' Amber Portwood Rejects House Arrest Plea Deal


May 7 2011, Published 11:00 a.m. ET

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By Amber Goodhand Staff Reporter

Controversial Teen Mom star Amber Portwood has rejected a plea deal that could have kept her out of jail.

Portwood appeared in a local Anderson, Indiana courthouse on Thursday for a hearing regarding felony charges from an August, 2010 incident when she was caught on camera by MTV physically assaulting her baby daddy, Gary Shirley. has learned the prosecutor’s office offered the 20-year-old mother a plea deal of 90 days house arrest and two years of probation, but she turned it down.

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Portwood told The Herald Bulletin she wouldn’t be able to perform her job as a mother if she’s bound to her home.

Since when is it easier to parent from jail than home? By rejecting the plea offer, Portwood faces up to three years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.

Portwood currently has a No-Contact Order set in place that bars her from being with Shirley and her two-year-old daughter Leah at the same time.

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According to the Indiana newspaper, Portwood’s attorney Robert Schembs asked Madison Superior Court Judge David Happe to lift the No-Contact Order, but the judge declined.

“I’m going to err on the side of caution and leave the order as it exists now,” Happe said.

Shirley was present and testified to have the order dropped stating that he trusts Portwood and the order makes it difficult for the couple to properly parent their daughter.

However, Judge Happe said Leah could be psychologically damaged from being around Portwood and Shirley when they fight.

Portwood and her attorney have 60 days to come up with a new plea deal and their next trial date is set for November 16, 2011.


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