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Redmond O’Neal sent to rehab by judge

August 24, 2011 |  4:38 pm

Redmond O'Neal booking photo Redmond O'Neal, the son of actor Ryan O'Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett, pleaded no contest Wednesday to two felony counts, including heroin and firearms possession by a felon, authorities said.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz suspended O'Neal's three-year prison sentence for a probation violation and placed him on five years' probation and ordered him to complete one year at a live-in drug rehabilitation program.

Earlier this month, O'Neal was arrested by Santa Monica police after he was stopped for running a red light. Officers found heroin in his car.

O’Neal has battled addiction since his teens and has been in and out of jail and rehab centers for crimes related to substance abuse. He was temporarily released from jail in 2009 so he could attend his mother's funeral after she died of cancer.

While on probation in September 2008, O'Neal and his father were booked on suspicion of narcotics possession after a probation search at Ryan O’Neal's Malibu home. The elder O'Neal pleaded guilty and accepted the option of completing a drug-diversion program.

Redmond O’Neal was jailed in 2009 after he was found with heroin during a routine security check at the Pitchess Detention Center.

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-- Andrew Blankstein (Twitter.com/anblanx)

Photo: Redmond O'Neal Credit: Santa Monica Police Department

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