The troubled son of Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett pleads no contest to gun and heroin possession

By Ken Lee
August 24, 2011 03:15 PM
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Redmond O’Neal narrowly dodged a prison sentence Wednesday after a judge agreed he needed more treatment.

O’Neal, 26, pleaded no contest to felony gun and heroin possession in a Los Angeles courtroom and was sentenced to one-year inpatient treatment. The troubled son of Ryan O’Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett will remain on probation for the next five years.

In a joint statement, O’Neal’s attorneys Richard Pintal and Michael Brewer told PEOPLE: “We are pleased and grateful that the judge gave Redmond further treatment rather than incarceration. His history of addiction warrants this approach.”

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Ryan O’Neal attended the hearing Wednesday, but did not address the court.

Redmond was arrested earlier this month after a traffic stop in Santa Monica. Last August, he said he planned to stay clean and sober after serving time for various drug-related arrests.