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O’Neal pleads no contest

Judge sentences Farrah Fawcett’s son to drug treatment program

Posted: September 18, 2009 10:19 p.m.
Updated: September 19, 2009 7:00 a.m.
After a string of drug-related charges, Farrah Fawcett’s son Redmond O’Neal pleaded no contest Friday to felony drug possession and was sentenced to a drug treatment program, probation and a suspended prison sentence, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

O’Neal, the 24-year-old son of Fawcett and actor Ryan O’Neal, appeared in Santa Clarita Superior Court on Friday morning for a conference scheduled to set his preliminary hearing. Instead, O’Neal pleaded no contest to heroin-posession charges that stemmed from his April 5 arrest during a visit to a friend at Pitchess Detention Center, a district attorney’s office report said.

Judge Graciela Freixes sentenced O’Neal to a minimum of one year in a residential drug treatment program and three years of formal probation. She also sentenced him to six years in state prison if he violates his parole, said district attorney’s spokewoman Shiara Davila-Morales.

O’Neal was already ordered to complete a year-long intensive drug rehabilitation program at Wayside Honor Ranch for other drug charges, according to past district attorney’s reports.

O’Neal pleaded no contest in April to one count of felony posession of methamphetamine stemming from an arrest in September 2008 in his Malibu home during a probation search. The search also led to his father’s arrest.

At the time of that arrest, O’Neal was on probation for a posession of heroine and methamphetamine and for driving under the influence. He pleaded guilty to those charges in June 2008, the reports said.

Prosecutors said the defendant will be transported from the Pitchess Detention Center, where he was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail, to the treatment center, according to Friday’s report.


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