Judge praises Redmond O’neal for drug-treatment progress
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.