Ryan Leaf, Former Chargers QB, Formally Charged with 4 Felonies
Helena, Montana — Former San Diego Chargers quarterback Ryan Leaf has been formally charged with four felonies in connection with allegations that he burglarized a home and stole prescription drugs, then robbed a second home three days after being released from jail.
Montana prosecutor John Parker charged Leaf Thursday with two counts of burglary and two counts of criminal possession of a dangerous drug.
Leaf was first arrested on March 29th after police found oxycodone pills that an acquaintance later said the former Washington State standout stole from his home.
At the time, Leaf’s publicist released a statement from the former 1998 No.2 draft pick, saying that Ryan had “made some mistakes and has no excuses” but that he is “confident that there will be further understanding when the facts are revealed.”
The following Monday, however, just three days after posting a $76,000 bond, Leaf was arrested again on accusations that he broke into another home outside Great Falls, Central Montana Drug Task Force Commander Chris Hickman said.
When police arrested Leaf on the second burglary charge, they allegedly located 89 hydrocodone pills in his residence.
If convicted, Ryan Leaf faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years on each burglary charge and five years for each possession charge.
An arraignment has not yet been scheduled. A message left with Ryan Leaf’s attorney in Great Falls was not returned Friday afternoon.