O'Neal To Serve Rehab Sentence At Pitchess
Redmond O’Neal, the son of actors Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett, was accepted into Drug Court today to complete a year-long, intensive drug rehabilitation program that includes in-custody treatment at Pitchess Detention Center.
Airport Court Commissioner Jane Godfrey ordered the 24-year-old back to court on May 28 for a progress report, said Deputy District Attorney Tony Estradas.
Drug Court is an intensive and extensive drug rehab program that includes individual and group counseling sessions, frequent drug testing, a 12-step program and in-custody treatment. If he successfully completes the program, which is at least a year but could be longer, his criminal convictions in two separate cases for drug possession will be dismissed.
If he fails, he could face up to four years in state prison.
Earlier this month, O’Neal pleaded no contest to one count of felony possession of methamphetamine stemming from his arrest in September.
The younger O’Neal and his father were arrested Sept. 17 after deputies found drugs during a probation search at the 67-year-old actor's Malibu home. Redmond was on probation following his guilty plea in June 2008 for felony drug possession of heroine and methamphetamine and misdemeanor driving under the influence. His Malibu case and the DUI case were combined earlier this month.
In a third drug-related case, he pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Santa Clarita and returns to court May 22 to set a date for a preliminary hearing.