Fawcett’s son gets rehab instead of jail

May 1st, 2009 - 3:11 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, May 1 (ANI): American actress Farrah Fawcett’s troubled son Redmond O’Neal has been given a chance at avoiding further jail time by entering an inpatient rehab facility.

As Fawcett, 62, continues to battle cancer, Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Jane Godfrey allowed O’Neal, 24, to enter the county’s drug court program, reports People magazine.

The program will give him a break from future incarceration if he stays clean, attends his court appearances and does well in rehab.

O’Neal, who is currently in jail following his latest drug-related arrest, agreed to waive his keep-away status, which is given to celebrities for their protection, and to enter the jail’s general population.

A court official said this was a formality, and O’Neal is likely to be moved soon to the treatment facility, but prosecutors have also warned him that if he slips, he could get up to four years in prison.

In court, O’Neal, whose next court appearance is on May 28, nodded and said, “Thank you,” as the terms were set. (ANI)

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