Rehab Is Working for Redmond O'Neal

By McCarton Ackerman 03/28/12

A judge praises the "outstanding job" he's done to clean up his act, following last year's heroin arrest.

O'Neal now looks visibly healthier. Photo via

Looking noticeably healthier than he has in years, Redmond O'Neal has been praised by a judge for his progress at an in-patient drug treatment program, after a Los Angeles court heard several reports from doctors, as well as O'Neal's own testimony. O'Neal, who is the 27-year-old son of Ryan O'Neal and the late actress Farrah Fawcett, was arrested last August after cups pulled him over for running a red light and discovered heroin in his car. Already on probation for another drug-related case at the time, he was then charged with being a felon in possession of a gun after authorities found a 9mm handgun in his apartment. “There is no reason you can’t turn your life around,” said Judge Keith L. Schwartz. “I’m very proud of you. You’ve done an outstanding job.” O'Neal faces up to six years behind bars if he relapses or is arrested again, but the judge will continue to delay O’Neal’s sentencing for the probation violation and drug case if he continues to do well in treatment. O'Neal says he's currently studying for his GED diploma and seeing therapists to tackle the issues surrounding his addiction. He was in jail back in June 2009 when his mother died of cancer, and was briefly released to attend her funeral.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.