Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland has been sentenced to nearly a year in jail for violating probation a third time in a heroin case.
Weiland, 31, has been jailed since Aug. 13 after admitting the violation. In July, he was treated in a Southern California hospital for a heroin overdose.
In court Friday, representatives of two drug rehabilitation groups urged Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler not to give Weiland jail time.
"Relapse was part of recovery," defense lawyer Michael Nasatir told Fidler. "I urge you not to totally treat this problem as a criminal one."
But Fidler said Weiland is "killing himself" and said he "has to be punished. And he will continue to be treated."
Weiland sat quietly during the sentencing. The singer's legal troubles began in 1995, when he was arrested for possession of cocaine and heroin.