The son of Michael Douglas was sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court this afternoon to 5 years in prison for dealing methamphetamines and cocaine out of his hotel room. The charges usually carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, so the presiding judge, Judge Richard Berman, reduced the sentence, perhaps in part because of a slew of pleas issued by the Douglas family asking for leniency.
In a letter earlier this week, actor Michael Douglas sent a letter to Judge Berman, which read in part:
‘Dear Judge Berman, I don’t want to burden you with a litany of my son, Cameron’s rehab history, beginning at 13. He’s an adult and responsible for his own life. We do know, however, that genes, family, and peer pressure are all a strong influence on a substance abuser.’