A Baltimore man who had served time for attempted murder was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison for violating his probation, the Baltimore state's attorney's office said. Baltimore Circuit Judge John N. Prevas sentenced Michael Freeman, 28, of the 300 block of S. Payson St. The state's attorney's office gave this synopsis: In 2001, Freeman was sentenced to four years in prison plus three years' probation for attempted second-degree murder and handgun violations. While serving that time, he was convicted in federal court of possession of a firearm by a felon, an offense that happened before he went to prison. Freeman got out of prison in March 2007 on probation. But about a month after his release, he was arrested on charges of distributing cocaine and heroin. Though prosecutors ran into problems proving the drug charge, Freeman was eventually convicted of violating his probation.