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'Teen Mom' Amber Portwood Pleads Guilty To Domestic Battery, Makes A Deal

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Jun. 10 2011, Published 8:08 a.m. ET

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By Amber Goodhand Staff Reporter

Teen Mom star Amber Porwood pled guilty to two counts of domestic battery Thursday, but escaped any jail time by striking a deal. has learned that Judge David Happe of the Madison Superior Court in Anderson, Indiana, agreed to a plea request by the single mother in which she will serve two years probation instead of spending time in the slammer.

Portwood, 21, was previously offered a plea deal of 90 days house arrest and two years probation, but rejected it.

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Instead of the house arrest, Portwood is required to get her high school diploma, complete 30 days of inpatient treatment with outpatient follow-up and start a college fund for her two-year-old daughter Leah, of which Portwood must invest $10,000 of her own money.

Portwood pled guilty to two counts of Class D felony domestic battery in the presence of a child — which stemmed from an August, 2010 incident in which she was caught on camera by MTV physically assaulting her baby daddy, Gary Shirley.

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Judge Happe noted that Portwood’s financial means helped her situation and as a result, had two other charges dropped: Class A misdemeanor domestic battery and Class D felony neglect of a dependent.


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