Portwood appeared in her local Anderson, Indiana courthouse on Thursday (May 5) for a hearing on her felony charges which resulted from her August, 2010 attack on Gary Shirley, the father of her baby. The whole incident was caught on camera by MTV.
The now 20-year-old mother was offered a plea deal of 90 days house arrest and two years of probation by the prosecutor’s office. But Portwood rejected the offer.
Portwood told her local newspaper, “The Herald Bulletin” that she would not be able to perform her job as a mother properly if she was confined to her home.
Having rejected the plea deal, Portwood now faces up to three years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
In court on Thursday, Portwood’s attorney Robert Schembs also asked Madison Superior Court Judge David Happe to lift a No-Contact Order, which currently bars her from being with Gary Shirley and her two-year-old daughter Leah at the same time. “I’m going to err on the side of caution and leave the order as it exists now,” Happe said.
However, Shirley sent in his testimony agreeing in his absence to have the order dropped. He said that he trusts Portwood now and that the order makes it difficult for the couple to properly parent their daughter. Without that being lifted, the trio can never be together as a family.
But in refusing to lift the order, Judge Happe argued that their daughter, Leah, could be psychologically damaged from witnessing Portwood and Shirley fight.
Amber Portwood now has 60 days to decide on a new plea deal with her attorney. They are next due in court on November 16, 2011.
So Portwood couldn’t be a proper mother under house arrest? Doesn’t that sound a rather pathetic excuse to you? Since when is it easier to parent when you’re confined to jail rather than home?
Was Amber wise to reject her plea deal? Is the case now going to go worse for her, I wonder…