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Originally published September 9, 2014 at 8:51 PM | Page modified September 9, 2014 at 9:14 PM

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Ex-WSU quarterback Ryan Leaf is sentenced, but won’t serve additional time behind bars

Ryan Leaf, former Washington State and NFL quarterback, has been sentenced to five years in prison in Texas for violating terms of his probation, though the 38-year-old won’t serve any additional time behind bars under an agreement with prosecutors.


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LUBBOCK, Texas – Ryan Leaf, former Washington State and NFL quarterback, has been sentenced to five years in prison in Texas for violating terms of his probation, though he won’t serve any additional time behind bars under an agreement with prosecutors.

Leaf, 38, violated his probation in Texas when he was arrested in Montana in 2012 after breaking into a home to steal prescription painkillers. Leaf has been serving time in Shelby, Mont., for felony burglary and criminal possession of a dangerous drug after being kicked out of a treatment program.

On Aug. 27, state District Judge John B. Board sentenced Leaf to five years in each of two drug cases stemming from his time in Texas, where he was quarterbacks coach at West Texas A&M. Board also gave Leaf credit retroactively for time served in Montana, said Bill Kelly III, an attorney for Leaf.

Leaf has served about 27 months behind bars in Montana. Randall County (Texas) District Attorney James Farren said the outcome of a Sept. 23 hearing will determine where Leaf goes next.

“I’m disappointed that we ended up cutting the deal that we did,” Farren said Tuesday. “But we did, and I’ve got to live with it. I certainly was hoping Ryan Leaf would serve time for the offenses he committed in Texas.”

Leaf was accused of burglarizing a player’s home in 2008 while he was coaching for the Division II school in Canyon, Texas. He resigned and an investigation revealed Leaf had illegally obtained nearly 1,000 pain pills from area pharmacies.

He was accused of presenting an incomplete medical history to several physicians between January 2008 and September 2008 in his quest to get hold of the painkiller hydrocodone. In 2010, Leaf agreed to plead guilty to seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

Leaf was placed on probation for 10 years under an arrangement known as deferred adjudication, meaning if Leaf completed all the terms of his probation no conviction would be on his record. But he then got into trouble in his home state of Montana.

In May, Leaf was granted parole in Montana pending completion of a chemical-dependency treatment program, which he did in August, Farren said.



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