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'Smallville' Actor Dodges Bullet -- Gets 1 Year in Prison

6/22/2011 11:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sam Jones just caught a HUGE break -- dude was sentenced to spend 366 days in federal prison for his hand in a MAJOR drug ring ... even though the feds wanted him to serve 5 years.

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Jones -- who recently pled guilty to conspiracy to sell more than 10,000 pills of Oxycodone -- was hit with the sentence this morning in federal court in Los Angeles.

Before sentencing, we're told Jones begged the judge for mercy ... explaining he'd lost everything -- including his dog, his car, and his acting gig on "Blue Mountain State" -- due to the drug charges.

The judge apparently bought it ... and said he was cutting the actor a break due to his "minor" role in the drug deal.

Jones will have to surrender to authorities once it's determined which prison he'll call home for a year.

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nita    

If it were one of us "regular people, we'd be doing at least 5 years. That's possession with intent to distribute. He must have had a "thug" lawyer and a "thug" judge................

1219 days ago
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nita    

If it were one of us "regular people, we'd be doing at least 5 years. That's possession with intent to distribute. He must have had a "thug" lawyer and a "thug" judge................

1219 days ago
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bebefj123    

where is his white girlfriend. Ha, she wasnt a ride or die chick, she split quick. Only with him because he was black and paid and when the pay ended, so did she. Stupid sell out black men fall for it everytime-golddigging white women. That's what he gets.

1219 days ago
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bebefj123    

oh shut up talking about regular people when pari******on and lindsey lohan, charlie sheen, Castroneves-got away with tax evasion and Wesley snipes in jail, and the list goes on of whites and black jail disparities for the same/simliar crimes, so talk about that!

1219 days ago
35.

who dat    

Wow he received a whole year. Probably went out and bought a few oxy to celebrate.

1219 days ago
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stephen    

1 year?? what a joke... i have never heard of anyone getting sentenced to such a light sentence in federal court. i knew monet and fame bought freedom in the state courts of california, but im extremely shocked to see that the federal system can be bought as well. what is wrong with this country these days??? this guy got caught attempting to distibute a schedule II narcotic and hes going to do a year...

and to commenter "en Todo Momento!!"... saying things like "you know brotha was doin it for the white man" and "don't trust white folk!!"... thats just ignorant. this case has nuthing to do with race, it has to do with yet another young greedy individual who decided to go make easy money by committing a federal crime instead of working for it. you cant blame white people for the bad decision of one person.

p.s. you do realize blacks make up the majority of the u.s prison population... did the "white man" set all of them up as well??

1212 days ago
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stephen    

i didnt even notice he got a year and a day... thats not really a year. with fed time if you get sentenced to anything over a year you do somewhere between 85%-87% of your time, but with sentences under a year you do the whole bid.. plus you get halfway house time. on a year and a day sentence he'll get somewhere around 50 days off for his "good time days" then a month or two for halfway house.

1212 days ago
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