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So far, Ryan Leaf unable to arrange plea deal

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    By Brent Schrotenboer, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
    Wednesday, February 10, 2010

    Former Chargers quarterback Ryan Leaf so far has failed to work out a plea deal to resolve drug and burglary charges against him in Texas and might face a trial soon as a result.
    Leaf, 33, has been trying to work out a plea deal that would allow him to live and work in British Columbia under Canadian immigration laws. That hasn’t worked out, leading the case to head toward trial, where Leaf could face a far worse punishment than what a plea deal might bring. The burglary charge alone could bring 20 years in prison.
    “Next docket call, we’ll tell the court we’re ready for trial, because we’re not going to sit around forever,” said James Farren, the district attorney in Randall County, Texas. “So if he wants to plead his case, he better get on the stick because it’s been on the docket awhile.”
    Farren said yesterday the judge there is likely to set the case “pretty high” on the list when trial dates are set in early March. That could mean Leaf’s trial could happen within two or three weeks afterward.
    Leaf has been living and working in the Vancouver area and working at a resort there under a temporary residence permit.
    Last year he told The Globe and Mail in Canada that he likes living there because “I’m the one who controls my celebrity up here, not the sports media down in the States.”
    Leaf’s attorney, Bill Kelly, didn’t return a call seeking comment.
    Leaf’s charges stem from his tenure as an assistant football coach at West Texas A&M in Canyon, Texas. Police said he broke into a player’s apartment in October 2008 and stole an unknown quantity of a player’s prescription Hydrocodone, a painkiller. A grand jury in Randall County issued nine indictments against him in May 2009, including charges of trying to obtain a controlled substance by fraud and delivery of a simulated controlled substance to a player. His use of such prescription drugs stemmed from football injuries.
    Leaf was arrested in June 2009 when he tried to enter the United States in Washington state from Canada. A warrant for his arrest had been issued after the indictments.
  2. RM24

    RM24 BoltTalker

    Jul 27, 2007
    Unbe "leaf" able!
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