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Michael Douglas Pleads for Leniency in Sentencing of Son

In an effort to help his incarcerated son Cameron, Michael Douglas has written a letter to the judge, asking him to show leniency.

Michael and Cameron Douglas

Cameron Douglas, the Oscar-winning actor's 31-year-old son from his first marriage, was arrested on drug possession charges last July at a Manhattan hotel. He has since confessed to dealing methamphetamine and cocaine -- which carries a mandatory 10 years in prison. He is set to receive his sentence Tuesday.

In Michael's five-page letter, which "Extra" has obtained, he details Cameron's lifelong problems as a product, in part, of a privileged but mostly unsupervised childhood, a family legacy of drug and alcohol problems and pressures from having a famous family, which led to Cameron gravitating toward gang activity and substance abuse.

But since Cameron's time in jail, Michael admits he sees a change in his son. "Cameron has already been sober longer than any time since he was 13," the "Wall Street" star writes. "With the plans discussed in your courtroom, a strictly supervised aftercare program, I believe Cameron would be a positive force to society and I know one of his strengths would be talking to kids, sharing the mistakes he made."

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Michael concludes the letter by saying, "I love my son, but I'm not blind to his actions. I so believe out of the adversity, he will be a positive citizen ... I don't want to see him break."

Other friends and family also wrote letters to the court, including stepmother Catherine Zeta-Jones, NBA executive Pat Riley and Ann Dexter-Jones (mother of Lindsay Lohan's on-again/off-again girlfriend Samantha Ronson) who was a neighbor of the Douglases when Cameron was growing up.

Cameron's grandfather, 93-year-old screen legend Kirk Douglas, wrote, "I am convinced that Cameron could be a fine actor and a person that cares for others. I hope I can see that happen before I die."