LOS ANGELES (AP) — The son of actor Ryan O’Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett has been ordered to spend a year in intense rehab after pleading no contest Wednesday to heroin possession.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz also sentenced 26-year-old Redmond O’Neal to serve five years on probation.

District Attorney’s spokeswoman Jane Robison says O’Neal could be sent to prison for up to three years if he violates probation.

Redmond O’Neal also pleaded no contest to being a felon in possession of a firearm when he was arrested Aug. 2 after a traffic stop. Ryan O’Neal attended his son’s sentencing Wednesday.

Attorney Richard Pintal, who represented the younger O’Neal, says the sentence recognizes that his client is facing serious addiction and medical issues and that treatment was more appropriate.

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Comments (8)
  1. Arod says:

    yeah….that should help . I wonder if it was my son if that’s what he would have gotten

  2. Calgal says:

    No surprise there!

  3. C C says:

    Can someone explain the law to me and how this is possible.

    Thank you

  4. scp says:

    Thank God his mother isn’t around to see what a loser son she has. Shame on you Ryan for letting your son continue this lifestyle. You are a poor example of a parent.

    1. Glen Fleetwood says:

      I don’t know what planet you are from, but a parent cannot stop their 26 year old child from doing anything.

      The law is simple, it allows day to day setence credit for evey day spent in live in rehab, toward any jail sentence. So he got a one year jail sentence, with an agreed upon proviso by JUDGE and DA, that he could serve his one year jail setence in a live-in rehab. I do it all the time for my clients.

  5. Phiilip says:

    She set up a trust fund for this brat that will enable him to never have to work a day in his life. Too bad he is unable to accept life on life’s terms.

  6. only in america & london says:

    excon with a firearm, an drug possession… and still get probation ? dude you need to thank god you wasn”t born black.

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