Despite a plea from Tommy Lee's estranged wife, a judge sent the rocker to jail to begin serving a six-month sentence for felony spousal abuse.

The Motley Crue drummer was taken away in handcuffs to begin serving his sentence Wednesday evening. Lee, 35, was given the jail term and three years probation for kicking wife Pamela Anderson as she held their baby son, Dylan, during a fight in February.Superior Court Judge Lawrence J. Mira threatened Lee with three years in state prison if he violated conditions of the sentence stemming from his no-contest plea last month.

Anderson, a former star of the syndicated TV series "Baywatch," was not in court but made a plea through her lawyer that Lee not go to jail. She declined to have Lee pay medical or legal restitution, urging counseling and probation instead.