Miley Cyrus made big waves when she brought a homeless man as her date to the MTV Video Music Awards in August… Not only did his speech on her behalf move the crowd to tears, but sadly, it also landed him behind bars.
Jesse Helt has been sentenced to six months in jail for violating his terms of probation in Oregon. The 22-year-old turned himself into officials when an outstanding search warrant for his arrest was publicized in the tabloids after his stint at the VMAs.
The trial took place today and although he told the judge he’d “like to be viewed as a good person, not as a nuisance to society” and asked for leniency, he ended up being led away in handcuffs.misdemeanor charges of criminal trespassing and criminal mischief. The following year, he failed to meet with his probation officer or complete community service because he moved to Los Angeles to pursue modeling–the time during which he became homeless.
Cyrus met him at a shelter earlier this year in her work with My Friends Place, and although her heart was in the right place, publicity from his appearance at the VMAs ultimately brought the probation violation to light.
Miley assured fans that Helt is still a good person, tweeting to her fans to instead focus on the importance of youth homelessness.