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No prison time for Leaf in plea deal

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    By Brent Schrotenboer
    Wednesday, March 24, 2010




    Infamous former Chargers quarterback Ryan Leaf will plead guilty to felony prescription drug charges and will receive 10 years of probation and a $20,000 fine as part of a plea deal reached yesterday with his attorney, a Texas prosecutor said.
    The deal doesn’t include prison time largely because his alleged burglary victim asked prosecutors not to pursue charges against him, said James Farren, the prosecutor in Randall County, Texas.
    A Texas judge will have final say on the plea deal recommendation.
    Farren expects Leaf to arrive in Randall County next week to enter his plea. He said he does not expect Leaf to cancel the agreement, which could have turned out much worse for him. Leaf, 33, faced 20 years in prison on the burglary charge alone.
    The charges stem from Leaf’s tenure as an assistant coach at West Texas A&M in 2008, when police said he broke into a player’s apartment and stole an unknown quantity of a player’s prescription hydrocodone, a painkiller.
    Farren said the player wrote his office a letter saying he did not want to pursue charges against Leaf. It may have helped Leaf avoid prison time.
    “Probably,” Farren said. “The burglary would have been a bigger problem for us to agree to probation, but it’s hard to proceed without a victim. … We try to give a voice to victim when we can. A lot of young men still look up to Mr. Leaf, and I understand that.”
    Leaf, 33, couldn’t be reached for comment. His attorney in Texas didn’t return a call seeking comment.
    A grand jury in Randall County issued nine indictments against Leaf in May 2009, including charges of trying to obtain a controlled substance by fraud and delivery of a simulated controlled substance to a player.
    Farren said he anticipates the judge will order various conditions concerning his probation, which likely will include community service and counseling.
    “The ball’s kind of in his court,” Farren said of Leaf. “If he has a handle on what we believe is a problem with prescription drugs, he may be fine. If he doesn’t, he may find probation difficult.”
    The Chargers selected Leaf with the No. 2 pick in the 1998 NFL draft, right behind Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning, who was selected first by Indianapolis. Leaf played in the NFL from 1998-2001 and often is cited as one of the biggest busts in NFL history.
    After his football career in 2002, Leaf sued Chargers doctors for medical malpractice, alleging that a wrist and shoulder injury were not properly treated. He later dropped the case. A former confidant of Leaf said the wrist had bothered him for some time after he stopped playing and likely played a role in his use of painkillers.
    Farren said in May that Leaf had been in drug rehab in British Columbia, where he had been living and working.
    Leaf told The Globe and Mail in Canada last year that he liked living there because “I’m the one who controls my celebrity up here, not the sports media down in the States.”
     
  2. Chargerfn909

    Chargerfn909 High and tight kid, high and tight!

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    What a stud that man turned out to be! :tdown:
     
  3. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    You figure when he stopped his NFL career, he easily walked away with over 20 million and he was married into a rich family.

    he can't afford his own drugs!!! WTF?!!!
     
  4. Chargerfn909

    Chargerfn909 High and tight kid, high and tight!

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    True losers find a way to mess EVERYTHING up.
     
  5. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    I could have lived the rest of my life on what he got paid. :lol:
     
  6. keoni boi

    keoni boi BoltTalker

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    True That! What a Pud! This guy got away with highway robbery with us and still gets away with robbery.... Oh wait, he didn't go to jail because bleedin hearts.... lame as hell:censored:
     
  7. Rainman

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    Pffffft! I coulda lived the rest of my life plus two more on Leaf's signing bonus alone! :icon_twisted:
     
  8. LV Bolt Fan

    LV Bolt Fan Well-Known Member

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    You'd have just blown the money on booze,drugs,hookers and Nate Kaeding jerseys! :icon_tease:
     
  9. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    I have never prayed for a thread to die until today.

    Please.

    Let this mo-fo die.

    If you post anything after this post - you are a .... :icon_twisted:
     
  10. LV Bolt Fan

    LV Bolt Fan Well-Known Member

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    Just to keep with my reputation. :lol:
     
  11. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    Yeh to bad we didn't have AJ back then to say no thanks to ryan!:icon_shrug:
     

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