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Sizemore gets 16 months in prison

A judge sentences the actor after he violates his terms of probation in another case.

June 26, 2007|Francisco Vara-Orta | Times Staff Writer

Actor Tom Sizemore, who pleaded no contest to a drug possession charge last year, was sentenced Monday to 16 months in prison for violating his probation stemming from a separate drug case.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Rayvis ordered the sentence after authorities said they found methamphetamine in the actor's car May 8 in Bakersfield, a violation of his probation.

Sizemore was serving a 36-month probation sentence after pleading no contest in January 2006 to possession of methamphetamine. He faced 16 months in prison but was granted probation after tearfully confessing his drug addiction in court in February 2006.

Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, said prosecutors were asking for Sizemore's probation to be revoked so he could begin serving jail time for his previous conviction.

Sizemore was most recently arrested June 5 after arriving at the Airport Courthouse on La Cienega Boulevard for a hearing on the probation violation charge and has been in custody ever since. His detention was prompted by his arrest outside a Bakersfield hotel last month on suspicion of seven drug-related charges, including possession and use of crystal methamphetamine.

In February 2005, Sizemore failed a court-ordered drug test after he was caught trying to use a prosthetic penis to fake the results and was ordered into drug rehabilitation.

He was convicted in August 2003 of misdemeanor charges of harassing and physically abusing onetime "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss.

Known for his tough-guy roles, Sizemore, who received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in the 1999 television movie "Witness Protection," has also starred in the critically acclaimed films "Saving Private Ryan," "Natural Born Killers" and "Black Hawk Down."

francisco.varaorta @latimes.com

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