More Trouble for a Former WSU QB
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been moved from a drug treatment center to the Montana State Prison for alleged bad behavior.
The Montana Department of Corrections released a statement by a regional probation and parole administrator saying Leaf will now serve his sentence in the Deer Lodge prison because he allegedly threatened a staff member and other unspecified behavioral problems at Nexus Treatment Center in Lewistown.
The former San Diego Chargers and Washington State Cougars quarterback was charged last spring with breaking into two houses and stealing prescription painkillers near his hometown of Great Falls. He pleaded guilty in May to reduced charges, and his five-year sentence called for spending nine months in a locked drug treatment facility as an alternative to prison.
It is unclear when the threats or other behavior issues occurred, nor how the change would affect a probation violation he is facing in Texas for 2010 drug charges. Olson said in July that Randall County prosecutors had canceled their outstanding warrants so Leaf could serve his Montana sentence before facing possible penalties in Texas.
Leaf was charged with stealing prescription pain medicine from a player's home while he was a coach at West Texas A&M. An investigation also found he obtained nearly 1,000 pain pills from area pharmacies in an eight-month span. His Montana conviction is a violation of his probation, prosecutors said.
Leaf was the No. 2 pick in the 1998 NFL draft, but his short-lived pro-career earned him the reputation as one of the biggest busts in NFL history.
An investigation began in March 2011, after Great Falls postal workers reported they were suspicious of frequent packages Leaf received by paying COD charges of $500.
Central Montana Drug Task Force officers and Leaf's parole officer confronted the former quarterback and found a container with 28 oxycodone pills inside and another container with a prescription made out to an acquaintance.
The acquaintance said Leaf had entered his home without permission, and Leaf was arrested.
Shortly after his release, two Cascade County residents told authorities they found Leaf inside their home.
The couple reported three different prescription medications missing.