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.”

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.