Mark Schmidt, Cerqueira’s attorney, urged the judge to impose less time, suggesting two years.
Schmidt said his client had tried to turn his life around after his most recent prison term, but, left to his own devices, relapsed after a breakup.
In this case, however, he will be on supervised probation after his release from prison, the judge ordered, with conditions that include drug and mental health evaluations and treatment, random drug tests and a requirement that he hold a job.
After the judge told Cerqueira what his sentence will be, Cerqueira thanked him.
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