Judge praises Red­mond O’neal for drug-treat­ment progress

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The son of Ryan O’neal and the late Far­rah Fawcett earned high praise Tues­day for his progress in drug treat­ment from a judge who urged him to keep mak­ing healthy, smart de­ci­sions.

Red­mond O’neal ap­peared in court in a dark suit and looked no­tice­ably health­ier than he did dur­ing pre­vi­ous court ap­pear­ances, ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press.

Judge Keith L. Schwartz no­ticed and said it was a good sign of his re­cov­ery. Dur­ing some pre­vi­ous court dates, Mr. O’neal had ap­peared gaunt and had been forced to wear a jail jump­suit.

“There is no rea­son you can’t turn your life around,” Judge Schwartz said. “I’m very proud of you. You’ve done an out­stand­ing job.”

The judge said he would con­tinue to de­lay Mr. O’neal’s sen­tenc­ing for a pro­ba­tion vi­o­la­tion and drug case if he con­tin­ued to do well at an in­pa­tient treat­ment pro­gram. He could face up to six years be­hind bars if he re­lapses or is ar­rested again.

The 27-year-old Mr. O’neal told the court he is ex­er­cis­ing five times a week and study­ing for his GED diploma. He also said his meet­ings with ther­a­pists were en­abling him to con­front demons that led him into drug ad­dic­tion.

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