This is just unbelievable. Just two days after he posted bail on charges that he broke into a friend’s home and stole prescription painkillers, former Washington State University and NFL bust quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested AGAIN Monday, accused of committing yet another burglary.
First jailed Friday in Great Falls, MT., after being charged with burglary, theft and drug possession, Leaf posted a $76,000 bond, was told to show up in court Monday, and given his release. But now Leaf is incarcerated in the Cascade County Detention Center in Helena, facing new charges of burglary and theft, plus and counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and violating his probation.
“It’s based on a burglary that happened yesterday afternoon (Sunday) after he bailed out,” Central Montana Drug Task Force Commander Chris Hickman told the Associated Press. Hickman declined to detail the allegations against Leaf regarding the latest burglary.
But Hickman said, “When I advised him that he was going to be charged with another count of burglary for the events that occurred, he didn’t show any surprise — and he didn’t make any confessions or admissions,” Hickman said.
Leaf appeared by video from the Cascade County Detention Center in his initial court appearance in Great Falls Monday afternoon on two felony counts of burglary, two felony counts of criminal possession of a dangerous drug, two misdemeanor counts of theft and a probation violation.
Leaf, the 1997 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and the No. 2 pick in the 1998 NFL draft behind Peyton Manning, will remain in jail at least until Wednesday as his probation supervisors decide whether to release him again on bond or revoke the suspended sentence he was given in Texas in 2010, the Great Falls Tribune reported.
The probation violation is related to a plea agreement that Leaf made in Texas after being accused in 2009 of burglarizing a player’s home while he was a quarterbacks coach for Division II West Texas A&M. An investigation disclosed that Leaf had obtained nearly 1,000 pain pills from area pharmacies in an eight-month span. He ultimately worked out a deal in which he received a 10-year probation.
Randall County District Attorney James Farren, who said he planned to file a motion Monday to revoke Leaf’s probation, said the Texas judge in that case could set a hearing date, extradite Leaf for the hearing and then return Leaf to Montana for the proceedings in that state.
“Our argument will be that he should go to prison,” Farren said.