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The former child star best known for his role in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” has been sentenced to six months in jail for violating his probation in a 2010 case.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dennis Mulcahy ruled on Monday that the 35-year-old – who was already behind bars after being arrested in a separate incident in January – disobeyed the terms of his three-year probation when he was involved in a domestic violence incident against his ex-girlfriend, "Dawson's Creek" star Monica Keena, late last year. Furlong also violated an order of protection that Keena had against him.
Mulcahy ordered Furlong – whose drug woes and arrests have made headlines for years now – to serve 180 days in jail, and directed officials not to give him an early release or credit him for time served, according to the Associated Press. However, jail records showed he could be released in May.
In addition to Furlong’s probation violation, there are new charges pending against him as he’s been involved in three different domestic violence incidents since October. That could add additional jail time to his sentence.
However, Furlong’s attorney, Brian Michaels, has spoken out, revealing his client opted for jail over court-mandated rehab.
“Despite the best efforts of my office, and with the cooperation of the City Attorney and the Court in this case, Mr. Furlong had the opportunity to avoid Jail in a deal my office worked out which would of [sic] resolved not just this case but two other criminal cases in Beverly Hills, by checking himself into a drug rehabilitation program, a very unusual disposition in a case that alleged violence,” Michaels told E! News. “Sadly, Mr. Furlong rejected all proposals to get into drug rehabilitation, and the Court ultimately decided that it was forced to sentence to him a hefty amount of jail time. We are hopeful that Mr. Furlong uses this experience, unpleasant as it may be, to revisit the issue of Rehab when he is released."
Furlong is on probation in the first place for violating a protective order obtained by his then-wife Rachael Kneeland back in 2010. In November, a judge ruled that the troubled star should not be allowed to see their 6-year-old son without supervision after Kneeland claimed the boy tested positive for cocaine after spending time with Furlong. While Furlong disputed the allegations in court, a judge refused to change the custody restrictions.
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