Ex-'Smallville' actor gets prison in 'hillbilly heroin' case

Actor Sam Jones III arrives at the E! 20th anniversary party celebrating two decades of pop culture held at The London Hotel on May 24, 2010 in West Hollywood, California.
Actor Sam Jones III arrives at the E! 20th anniversary party celebrating two decades of pop culture held at The London Hotel on May 24, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. Jason Merritt/Getty Images

One of the former actors in the television series "Smallville'' was sentenced today to a year in prison for conspiring to sell more than 10,000 oxycodone pills, a painkiller sometimes called hillbilly heroin.

Sam L. Jones III, 28, who played Clark Kent's buddy on the first three seasons of the show, pleaded guilty in December in Los Angeles federal court.

Jones, who was arrested in October 2009 at his Canoga Park home by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents, was a co-conspirator in a series of drug deals in 2008, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Jones was the "Hollywood connection'' in a plot to illegally purchase and distribute the drug, which is also known by the trade name OxyContin, prosecutors said.

Along with the prison term, U.S. District Judge Robert H. Whaley ordered Jones to serve three years under supervised release after he is released from custody. Afterward, he tweeted: "Just got out of court! God is great!!" Jones, who is free on bond until his surrender, describes himself on Twitter as "actor/CEO/young mogul.;"

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