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Jan 18, 2013 1:07 AM by Beth Beechie (beth@krtv.com)

Ryan Leaf transferred from treatment center to Montana State Prison

Former NFL quarterback and Great Falls football star Ryan Leaf has been transferred from a substance-abuse treatment center in Lewistown to the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge.

In June 2012, Leaf was sentenced five years with the MT Department of Corrections for drug and burglary charges in Cascade County, and had been at the Nexus Treatment Center in Lewistown since shortly after he was sentenced.

Dawn Handa, regional probation and parole administrator in Great Falls, said on Thursday that Leaf had been "terminated" from the treatment program in Lewistown and transferred to the state prison; Handa said the transfer occurred after Leaf was found guilty of "behavior that violated conditions of his drug treatment placement," including threatening a program staff member.

The details of the behavior and threat were not disclosed.

Leaf was arrested in Great Falls on April 1, 2012, and charged with one count of burglary, one count of theft, two counts of felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and probation violation. That arrest came just two days after Leaf was arrested on similar charges.

In June, Leaf was sentenced to seven years with the Montana Department of Corrections, with two of those years suspended.

In an emotional statement to the judge during his sentencing, Leaf said he was humiliated and embarrassed for himself, his family, and the community.

Leaf said, "I have found that 80 days in jail has been somewhat of a sanctuary. I've discussed with my family and they believe I've held them for ransom for 36 years and I don't understand why I should have to do that anymore...five to ten years of 'Ryan-free drama' with my family and this community, particularly with this nation, may be pure bliss for people."

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