Keifer Sutherland goes directly to jail

Kiefer SutherlandKeifer Sutherland, the star of the hit series 24, pled guilty on Wednesday to his second drunk driving conviction in three years and immediately began serving his sentence—48 days at the Glendale city jail. Because the writers strike has delayed production of his show, he’ll serve the 48 days consecutively, not in two separate stints as previously planned. Assistant city attorney Dan Jeffries says unlike Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, Sutherland is required to serve all 48 days, as well as five years’ probation, pay a fine of $510, enroll in an 18-month alcohol education-treatment program and attend six months of weekly alcohol counseling sessions.

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  1. Gina • December 6, 2007 @ 11:05 AM

    Why is Sutherland required to serve his entire sentence and why must he pay such an enormous fine? There’s a double standard at work here…

  2. Anonymous • December 6, 2007 @ 12:38 PM

    It’s not his first time, or second for that matter. He’s a habitual DUI offender having been charged in 1989, 1993, 2004 and 2007.

    He’s a pathetic drunk and should NEVER be allowed to drive again, so don’t be talking about any “double standard” s***.

  3. Joshua • December 6, 2007 @ 2:36 PM

    Paris Hilton has more money then, or is it cuz she is a chick? What about Little Lohan getting off? The thing is that Keifer is a hero of mine from back in the 80’s. It sucks to see him do something like this, in glad he got in trouble but i ask myself why not the chicks in the media? Just doesn’t seem to fit with the trend. I mean all that punishment for Keifer and NONE at all for Paris and Lohan.

  4. Anonymous • December 6, 2007 @ 2:46 PM

    Who you kidding? He’ll probably serve one-third of it then go to the nearest bar and have one before getting back in his car.

    He’s a drunk, plain and simple and if he’s a hero of yours you need to get some better role-models.

  5. Carolyn • December 6, 2007 @ 3:10 PM

    Maybe they should just take the damn license away for a year….and during that time he should go to a treatment center….problem solved…what does doing time in jail have anything to do with it…doesn’t fix the problem….just takes up tax payers money…..

  6. Nancy • December 6, 2007 @ 5:35 PM

    ‘Kiefer Sutherland goes directly to jail’.

    Do not pass GO, do not collect $200!

  7. Gina • December 6, 2007 @ 7:56 PM

    Should have went to court with no panties; may have helped.

  8. Anonymous • December 6, 2007 @ 10:31 PM

    He probably did and that’s why he got jail time.

  9. Gina • December 6, 2007 @ 10:44 PM

    Maybe we could launch a “Free Kiefer!” campaign on the net like they did for Paris.

  10. Anonymous • December 7, 2007 @ 1:19 AM

    What for? Leave him there to dry out.

  11. Karen • December 7, 2007 @ 7:44 AM

    I admit he should have been given more time. I mean look at that Michelle girl…six months was it? 5 years probation is pretty long. It means they’ll be keeping an eye on him. He has to see them once a week. He should have got a steeper fine. Those alcohol courses probably won’t make much of a difference if he doesn’t fess up to why he drinks so much in the first place. You have to deal with the problem first. You can’t make someone quit if they don’t want to. Hopefully, from now on he will hire a driver or take a cab. I think it took a little class to think of his cast and the crew. That probably hit him when he knew he would be affecting other people with his actions. Maybe he’ll put a little more thought in what he does. He has a hit show, he shouldn’t be screwing up like this. It seems to take people and not just him, a few times to screw up before they get what they do is wrong. Why is that anyways?

  12. anonymous • December 7, 2007 @ 9:13 AM

    $510.00 is nothing for someone with money like he has, the point is, he was drinking and driving. What are the courts waiting for, for someone to get killed. Drinking and driving should have a very harsh penalty no matter who the person is. Maybe that way they would think twice before drinking again. This is a disease yes, but they have to be forced to get help immediately.I think Keifer is georgeous, I love his show. But that is not the point. Drinking and driving has to be dealt with more harshly.

  13. mike • December 7, 2007 @ 11:17 AM

    wow – 48 days & “chump change” – good thing he wasn’t on his “native” soil in Canada, he’d be taken off the road for good, deservingly

  14. Anonymous • December 7, 2007 @ 3:10 PM

    And just this morning we hear of a whole string of MORE celebrities charged/pleading DUI offences.

    Time for some of these judges to get the gonads to seriously sentence these losers before innocent people start dying.

  15. Elaine • December 7, 2007 @ 7:42 PM

    It’ll take more than 48 days to dry out a drunk. Let’s hope he doesn’t kill somebody driving drunk after this. My brother and I got made fatherless when we were pre-teens by a drunk driver. The guy who hit him who was also a father (of three tots), got two punctured lungs but lived. My 12 yr. old brother was in the car and almost died in hospital. It broke up our family and made our mom an emotional basket case. Driving drunk is no joke. Got the shirt, got the hat……of someone affected by it.

  16. Nancy • December 8, 2007 @ 12:47 AM

    Mike: Who are you kidding?? I’m Canadian too and he would not have been “taken off the road for good”. Not after only two convictions in three years. Our laws aren’t that good!!

    Personally….I don’t believe all this ‘alcoholism is a disease’ crap either! When alcohol makes your liver give out, then that is a disease. Cancer is a disease…smoking is not! These are CHOICES that can lead to diseases.

  17. browny • December 8, 2007 @ 3:45 PM

    Who cares if he drinks and drive all you idiots that posted hes just a drunk are idiots plain and simple people make mistakes they should learn he hasn’t so let him be he will serve his time and get back out and hopefully he will run one of you dumbasses over. People all drink and drive just because hes a star he is under microscope. Of course i don’t support drinking and driving because its stupid but for people to try and make it seem like he killed someone is ridiculous.

  18. browny • December 8, 2007 @ 3:47 PM

    Also the only reason he’s going to serve his whole sentence is because he is a guy. Girls get away with stupid shit like this because they have tits and ass. If he had huge knockers the judge would’ve given him community service.

  19. Gina • December 8, 2007 @ 4:33 PM

    It’s not right to lock him up for 48 days and let Lindsay go after an hour.

  20. Lawrence Appleton • December 8, 2007 @ 4:37 PM

    I couldn’t agree more, Gina! They should at least let him out for the Holidays.

  21. Gina • December 8, 2007 @ 5:27 PM

    Yes Gina,

    The judge was completely unfair! Instead of time and long probation, he should have been sentenced to driving around your town for the next 5 years. I cannot stress this enough, if you must comment, give us something with a morsel of substance.

  22. Randy in the Mountains • December 8, 2007 @ 8:28 PM

    Why is Gina replying to her own posts??

  23. Gina • December 8, 2007 @ 9:31 PM

    I’m Gina “blue”, she is actually GinaFan. Does it really matter Randy, you are Randy aren’t you?

  24. Nancy • December 8, 2007 @ 10:05 PM

    Hey browny, you need help man! Speech therapy, etc. No one is acting like he killed someone. Sure, gender should not matter during sentencing…and I don’t think it was about gender…I think it came down to AGE. Keifer is older, and should be wiser than Britney and Lindsay.

    If you truly hope that a drunk driver would run one of us over…you are sicker than I think. Get help saddist!!!

  25. Gina • December 9, 2007 @ 12:58 AM

    Good one, Gina!

  26. Gina • December 9, 2007 @ 12:59 AM


  27. Gina • December 9, 2007 @ 10:13 AM

    I would gladly fix him a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings!

  28. Anonymous • December 10, 2007 @ 12:53 AM

    he’s not that desperate

  29. John in Canada • September 22, 2008 @ 8:52 AM

    It is about time that they crack down on Keifer. Don’t get me wrong, I am one of his biggest fans. The thing is, I met his Dad Donald in a bar near his summer place when I was younger, and he was a lush. If they had cracked down on that type of unacceptable behaviour in the old days, maybe Keifer would have not followed in Donald’s footsteps.

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