Ryan Leaf Reaches Plea Bargain in Montana Drug, Burglary Case
GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Troubled ex-NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf will reportedly plead guilty later this afternoon to two burglary charges and two felony drug possession charges stemming from the athlete’s two arrests several weeks ago.
USA Today writes that Leaf, the second overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, was supposed to enter his plea to the charges on May 3, but that arraignment was postponed the day before at the urging of Leaf’s attorney, Kenneth Olson.
Olson filed a motion requesting the combined arraignment and change of plea hearing. District Judge Kenneth Neill set the hearing for 1 pm MT Tuesday.
Leaf was arrested in Great Falls on April 2nd and formally charged with four felonies which included a count of burglary, one count of theft, two counts of felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
Those charges stemmed from a burglary that allegedly occurred on Sunday, April 1st, just two days after Leaf was arrested on similar charges. In both cases, authorities say Leaf was on the hunt for prescription painkillers, powerful substances that he has had issues of abusing in the past.
In 2010, Leaf pled guilty in Potter County, Texas, to eight felony drug charges and was sentenced to 10 years probation and a $20,000 fine. Authorities in Texas filed to revoke his 2010 probation and issued an indefinite no-bond hold on the ex-quarterback late last month.
Since his most recent arrest (April 2), Ryan Leaf has been held at the Cascade County Detention Center.