Crime & Courts

May 8, 2012 8:40 PM by Tara Grimes (tara@krtv.com)

Ryan Leaf pleads guilty, requests drug treatment

Ryan Leaf appeared in a Cascade County courtroom in Great Falls on Tuesday afternoon and pleaded guilty to two felony charges.

Leaf, a former NFL quarterback, was arrested in Great Falls on April 1st and charged with one count of burglary, one count of theft, two counts of felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and booked on probation violation.

That arrest came just two days after Leaf was arrested on similar charges.

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.

During Tuesday's court appearance, Leaf acknowledged that he has a drug problem.

The non-binding plea agreement recommends a ten year sentence to the Montana Department of Corrections, with five of those years suspended.

The agreement requests that part of the sentence includes nine months of substance abuse treatment at the Nexus Treatment Center in Lewistown.

The sentence also calls for Leaf to spend six months in a pre-release facility.

The plea agreement is non-binding, which means that the judge can accept or reject any portion of the deal.

Leaf said that he views the substance abuse treatment as an opportunity.

Leaf asked the judge to reduce his bond so that he can spend time with his family; the judge denied the request.

Leaf has a $50,000 bond in Texas, and a $76,000 bond in Cascade County.

Sentencing for Leaf has been set for June 19th at 2 pm.

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