Vincent Piazza

Vincent Piazza

Liberace's former toyboy lover Scott Thorson has been sentenced to five years probation after pleading guilty to burglary and identity theft charges.

The 53 year old, also known as Jess Marlow, was arrested by police in Reno, Nevada on 22 February (13) after he was caught paying for a room at the Ponderosa Hotel with a credit card that did not belong to him.

I think the court handled it as well as I hoped they would

He was charged with four counts of first-degree burglary, in addition to charges involving the possession and use of a credit, debit or ID card without the consent of the cardholder on four different occasions.

Thorson, who was once the late showman's teenage toyboy, pleaded guilty to the charges at the Washoe County District Court and on Wednesday (17Jul13) he was sentenced to 60 months probation.

Judge Patrick Flanagan also ordered the author, who was portrayed by Matt Damon in a TV movie adaptation of his book Behind the Candelabra My Life with Liberace, to attend a substance abuse programme and submit to drug tests.

Thorson originally faced up to 20 years behind bars, and his attorney, David Houston, tells local publication the Reno Gazette Journal, "I think the court handled it as well as I hoped they would".

Thorson, who is fighting colon cancer, served time behind bars for his criminal actions earlier this year (13).

He was released on 31 May (13).

(MCKL) * Vincent Piazza In the Mix FOR JERSEY BOYS ROLE Actor Vincent Piazza is in talks to lead the cast of Clint Eastwood's film adaptation of hit stage musical JERSEY BOYS, according to reports.

The Boardwalk Empire star, John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda are the front-runners to play Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in the movie musical.

Piazza is the only one of the four who has not appeared on the Broadway stage in Jersey Boys - sources tell Variety magazine that Young, who is currently starring in the show in New York, will play Valli, Bergen Bob Gaudio, Piazza Tommy DeVito and Lomenda Nick Massi.

Eastwood is expected to make a start on the film later this summer (13).