Ryan Leaf Pleads Guilty To Stealing Painkillers, Awaits Sentencing

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been charged with four felonies after being accused of stealing prescription painkillers.

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Ryan Leaf Pleads Guilty To Stealing Painkillers, Likely Headed For Rehab

Ryan Leaf was once facing up to 20 years in prison, but due to a plea agreement, he has a chance to avoid jail time, and any time he does serve will be much shorter than initially anticipated. Leaf, who was on probation in Texas because of a burglary arrest, was charged twice in a span of four days for drug and burglary charges in Montana. He's pleaded guilty to one count of felony burglary and one count of criminal possession of a dangerous drug, and for that, prosecutors recommend he spend nine months in a secure drug-treatment facility.

Because he agreed to plead guilty to two felonies, the second burglary and drug charges were dropped. Cascade County District Judge Kenneth Neill commented on Leaf's need for drug treatment.

"There is no question he needs treatment."

Leaf's attorney, Kenneth Olson, agreed:

"We all agree that Ryan needs treatment. He needs that more than he needs to go to prison."

Leaf still might go to prison, but it will be at least a month until that is decided. His sentencing is set for June 19, and prosecutors are recommending a five-year prison sentence.


Ryan Leaf Has Plea Deal After Arrest

Former San Diego Chargers quarterback Ryan Leaf was facing drug and burglary charges in the state of Montana, but he has a plea agreement:

Leaf's attorney, Kenneth Olson, requested a combined arraignment and change-of-plea hearing on charges that Leaf broke into two houses in his hometown and stole prescription painkillers. District Judge Kenneth Neill set the hearing for 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Leaf has dealt with issues with drugs and the law ever since he left the NFL, where he is known as one of the biggest draft busts in recent memory. Leaf has been in jail since the beginning of April, after being arrested twice over the course of three days. The judge in the case has declined to comment on the report of a plea deal, and the former Charger also faces jail time in Texas from a 2010 plea deal under similar circumstances.

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Ryan Leaf Charged With 4 Felonies

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was officially charged with four felonies in his home state of Montana, stemming from an arrest in March for burglary and drug possession. Court documents released Friday revealed that Cascade County had charged Leaf with two counts of burglary, and two counts of criminal possession of a dangerous drug.

The documents also shed a little more light on the crimes, indicating that investigators were initially tipped off by area postal workers who said the former Washington State standout received frequent packages for which he paid $500 cash. Leaf admitted to receiving ten packages when confronted with these initial allegations.

That initial admission led investigators to search Leaf's home and car, and they discovered a pill bottle with an acquaintance's name on it. Via the Associated Press:

"Ultimately, Leaf admitted to stealing some oxycodone pills from (the acquaintance)," the charging documents read. "Leaf admitted to ingesting six or seven of the oxycodone even though he does not have a prescription for oxycodone."

Investigators determined he had entered the home without permission and was arrested. Then, two days later after being released, two other residents in the area reported finding a man in their home. He was later identified as Leaf, and the residents reported three different prescription meds missing. A search of Leaf's home then led to a discovery of 89 hyrodcodone pills.

In addition to the four felony charges, Leaf now faces additional trouble in Texas, with these incidents likely in violation of his parole agreement after similar charges in that state. He is supposed to face the Montana charges first and then will be returned to Texas for resolution of the parole violation.

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