U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman announced Cameron Douglas' sentence after the 31-year-old apologized with his father in attendance. Douglas pleaded guilty to dealing large amounts of methamphetamine and cocaine, as well as heroin possession, in January.
A charge of conspiracy to distribute drugs carries a minimum of 10 years in jail, but the judge said the government believed Douglas qualified for a shorter sentence, the AP reported. Berman said he had read at least 37 letters from Douglas' family, friends and supporters who believed he was ready to turn his life around.
But Berman also expressed his doubts about a turnaround. "In my estimation, that will be a very difficult chore," he said. "I think this case and this sentencing may well be his last chance to make it."
The case dates back to Douglas' July 28, 2009, arrest at a trendy New York hotel as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation. Investigators say Cameron was paid tens of thousands of dollars for trafficking meth, according to court papers obtained by the AP.