Skip to comments.Tom Sizemore Gets Probation for Drug Use (3 years, weekly drug testing, 90 days in treatment)
Posted on 02/09/2006 10:08:10 PM PST by NormsRevenge
LOS ANGELES - A judge on Thursday sentenced Tom Sizemore to three years probation after the actor tearfully admitted he used methamphetamine last month.
Sizemore, 44, could have faced 16 months in prison after violating his probation stemming from a conviction for methamphetamine possession.
The judge's sentence included a 90-day stay at a drug treatment program. Sizemore also must submit to weekly drug tests the entire probationary term, said court spokesman Allan Parachini.
The judge's decision came after a series of hearings to determine if Sizemore's probation should be revoked a second time.
Sizemore's probation was revoked in July after he admitted using a prosthetic device to fake a drug test and failing to be checked for drugs every three days. A judge reinstated probation in October after concluding Sizemore had begun to make "remarkable" progress in his battle with drugs.
Sizemore then tested positive for drugs Jan. 23.
The actor, who appeared in "Saving Private Ryan" and "Black Hawk Down," was convicted in 2003 of domestic violence involving his ex-girlfriend, former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. He is free on bail pending an appeal in that case.
Actor Tom Sizemore arrives at Los Angeles County Superior Court in this Feb. 2, 2006, file photo. A judge sentenced Sizemore to three years of probation Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, after the actor tearfully admitted he used methamphetamine last month. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
Saving Private Ryan was nothing compared to saving Tom Sizemore.
For what seems like the umpteenth time, a Los Angeles judge sent the Saving Private Ryan in a residential rehab facility after the sobriety-challenged actor was found to have violated his probation.
Culminating a weeklong hearing, Sizemore admitted to falling off the wagon and using drugs again, according to Superior Court public information officer Allan Parachini. The actor was in turn ordered to report to a 90-day treatment facility by Mar. 23. Unlike previous attempts to get clean, Sizemore will not be permitted to leave the center, even for work.
Sizemore left the courthouse in tears, according to City News Service.
Over the last few days, prosecutors said Sizemore had flunked a drug test on Jan. 23 and was booted from his last rehab center for arguing with another patient.
While Deputy District Attorney Sean Carney has made repeated requests to lock up Sizemore, Superior Court Judge T.K. Herman instead gave the 44-year-old actor a chance to kick his nasty drug habit.
This is the second time Sizemore has violated the terms of his probation in a 2003 methamphetamine-possession case.
Last July, Sizemore copped to faking a drug test using a Whizzator, a prosthetic penis that concealed a clean supply of urine, as well as failing to submit to drug testing on eight previous occasions.
At that time, Sizmore's probation was rescinded and he was ordered him back into rehab. The probation was reinstated in October, with Judge Paula Mabrey praising the oft-arrested actor for the "remarkable improvement" he made in the live-in drug treatment facility.
Mabrey had previously warned Sizemore the violations could land him up to 16 months in jail. Herman was assigned the Hollywood tough guy's case after Mabrey was transferred to another courthouse.
Once he clears up his drug mess, Sizemore could still face slammer time. He is appealing his 2003 conviction of domestic violence for allegedly striking former girlfriend and ex-Hollywood hooker queen Heidi Fleiss.
Should his conviction stand, the Natural Born Killers' cop could face a 17-month stint in prison and four more months in rehab.
Hoping to capitalize on his current woes, Sizemore has been shopping a reality show called Super Sizemore that purportedly focuses on his legal problems, battles with substance abuse, and attempts to get his life back to raise his infant twin sons. So far, there hasn't been any takers.
I wish he could get his life together. He is a very good
Wow, crank. He's got some serious troubles.
Also had a role in Flight of the Intruder. I wish him well.