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Redmond O'Neal headed back to residential drug treatment

February 2, 2010 | 12:35 pm

The troubled son of Ryan O'Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett is headed back to a residential drug treatment program after being in custody since late December on a probation violation stemming from a series of drug offenses, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Redmond O'Neal, 25, was remanded into sheriff's custody Dec. 29 and then sent back to an in-custody drug treatment program a week later. But the decision by Judge Michael Tynan means O'Neal will be freed from custody to resume his treatment in a residential drug program, authorities said.

O'Neal was jailed last year after he was found in possession of heroin during a routine security check by deputies at the parking lot of the Pitchess Detention Center.

On Sept. 18, a judge sentenced O'Neal to three years formal probation and a six-year suspended sentence stemming from that case. He had been attending a court-ordered drug program.

In September 2008, he and his father were charged with felony drug possession after the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, conducting a search at Ryan O'Neal's Malibu home, reportedly found methamphetamine in the actor's bedroom and on the younger O'Neal.

At the time, Redmond O'Neal was on probation after a guilty plea in June 2008 to felony drug possession and misdemeanor driving under the influence. The charges stemmed from his arrest while driving in Malibu carrying heroin and methamphetamine. His plea allowed him to avoid jail time. He was sentenced to three years' probation and $1,688 in fines for the DUI charge.

Against the backdrop of his struggles with drug addiction, O'Neal also had to deal with the June 2009 death of his mother from cancer.

-- Andrew Blankstein