Redmond O'Neal, son of Ryan O'Neal, completes yearlong drug rehab
It was all smiles for Redmond O'Neal, the son of actor Ryan O'Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett, as a Los Angeles Superior Court congratulated him on completing a yearlong rehab stint but warned him that any slip would send him to prison.
O'Neal, who for years has battled drug addiction, looked healthy as he appeared at the Los Angeles Airport courthouse. Judge Keith Schwartz congratulated O'Neal on his progress while extending his probation from 2014 to 2016
Schwartz warned O'Neal that if he failed to meet any of the conditions of his felony probation his next home would be state prison for three years to finish his suspended sentence.
The judge ordered O'Neal to complete additional psychological and substance abuse counseling.
O'Neal must return in three months for a progress report and he will continue to wear an electronic monitoring device.
Last year, he pleaded no contest to two felony counts, including heroin and firearms possession by a felon. Schwartz last year 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.
He was arrested in 2011 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.
-- Mark Boster and Richard Winton
Photo: Redmond O'Neal smiles while the judge praises his recovery effort in the Airport Branch Courthouse on Tuesday. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times