- The Washington Times - Friday, April 17, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge is giving the son of Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal one last chance to kick his drug habit. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Millington on Friday transferred two felony drug cases against Redmond O’Neal to a court that could send him to a stringent rehab program.

But he sternly warned the 24-year-old that he if he fails at rehab _ as he has at least three times before _ he’s going to prison.

“Understand if I see you in that seat again, it’s not going to be pretty,” Millington told a somber-looking O’Neal.

O’Neal appeared in a jail jumpsuit and told Millington he was motivated by Fawcett’s ailing health to stay clean. He said Fawcett weighs roughly 86 pounds and that he is ashamed of himself for recent relapses and his April 5 arrest on suspicion of taking heroin to a Los Angeles area jail facility.

Fawcett was recently released from a Los Angeles hospital after suffering complications from a medical procedure she had in Germany. The “Charlie’s Angels” actress is suffering from anal cancer.

“I’m just really upset with myself,” O’Neal said at one point during the hearing.

Last week, he acknowledged a probation violation to a 2008 drug conviction and was in court Friday for sentencing. The actor has two other drug cases, including one filed after his recent arrest.

O’Neal and his father were arrested in September at the actor’s Malibu home when deputies performing a probation sweep say they found methamphetamine at the house. Ryan O’Neal is in an 18-month drug diversion program after pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge.

Redmond O’Neal on Friday changed his plea in that case and pleaded no contest to a felony drug charge. Millington sent the matter to a drug court for sentencing on April 30.

That court could send O’Neal to a more stringent rehab program, but Millington warned O’Neal that if he fails, he would likely be going to prison for at least three years.

A judge hearing the case involving O’Neal’s April 5 arrest could consolidate his three drug cases, or impose a different sentence, Millington said.

Neither Fawcett nor Ryan O’Neal attended Friday’s hearing. Redmond O’Neal’s attorney declined to comment.

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