Actor Sam Jones III, best known for his role as the childhood friend of a young Clark Kent in the television series Smallville, has been released from prison two months ahead of schedule, getting out Friday.
Jones was arrested in October of 2009 and plead guilty to conspiracy for his involvement in selling more than 10,000 Oxycodone pills. He was sentenced to one year in prison and according to Examiner.com served 10 months.
Jones claimed to have become involved in the drug ring in an effort to pay back a friend, and he faced between five and 20 years in prison before striking a plea deal and receiving some leniency.
The Daily Mail reports that many may not know Jones from his role on Smallville, which lasted only for the show’s first three seasons and a guest spot in season seven, but rather from a sex tape he made with Playboy model girlfriend Karissa Shannon that made the rounds. He also had earned a star role on the show Blue Mountain State, but was written off after his arrest. Sam Jones III is 33.
Smallville, however, likely remains Jones’ biggest claim to fame. The show aired 218 episodes over a 10 year run on The WB, which later became The CW. The final episode aired May 13, 2011, while Jones was in prison. In the show, Jones’ character Pete Ross is a close friend of a high school-aged Clark Kent (Played by Tom Welling), who grows up to be Superman, and is one of the only people to know the secret of Clark’s powers.
Jones also appeared in Army Wives, Bones and ER.
Do you remember Sam Jones III? If so, from which, Smallville, or a sex tape?