Sizemore Sentenced on Drug-Related Charge
The actor, sobbing, is off to jail for 17 months and ordered to undergo treatment
Actor Tom Sizemore was sentenced Thursday to 17 months in jail and four months in a drug treatment facility for repeatedly failing drug tests while on probation, and then sentenced to additional inpatient drug treatment in a separate felony methamphetamine case, the Associated Press reports.
He has to show proof of enrollment in a treatment program by April 14.
The “Black Hawk Down” actor, 43, failed seven drug tests, admitted methamphetamine use twice and missed further testing while on probation for a 2003 domestic violence conviction involving his ex-girlfriend, former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, according to a prosecutor.
In Thursday’s court session for the first of the sentencing before Superior Court Judge Antonio Barreto Jr., Sizemore sobbed, gestured and begged for another chance during a rambling speech, says AP. Pleading for leniency, Sizemore said he had broken his parents’ hearts and felt like a 12-year-old child.
He also said he was “engaged in a struggle right now to regain the better part of who I am. … I never thought I had this disease.”
“I assure your honor that I’m not acting now. I’m not acting, I’m begging, I’m beseeching you. I can’t imagine my future without performing.”
Outside the courtroom, Sizemore reportedly gave the finger to the press.