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Texas prosecutor lets Ryan Leaf continue drug rehab in Montana


Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf, center, sits in a Cascade County courtroom, Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in Great Falls, Mont. Leaf pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that he broke into a Montana home and illegally possessed painkillers, part of a deal with prosecutors that recommends he spend nine months in a secure drug treatment facility. (AP Photo/The Great Falls Tribune, Larry Beckner) NO SALES


Ryan Leaf will continue his drug rehab in Montana after a Texas prosecutor agreed to rescind his pending extradition to Texas.

Leaf is currently serving a 15-month sentence with the Montana Department of Corrections for breaking into homes and stealing prescription medicine, and the first nine months of that sentence are being spent in lockdown drug treatment. Leaf was already on probation in Texas for similar charges, and the Texas prosecutors had said they wanted to bring him back to Texas for violating his probation, but now they’ve agreed to let him remain in Montana.

Leaf’s Montana attorney, Kenneth Olson, said he appreciated Texas allowing his client to continue his treatment.

The prosecutors down there did that as a courtesy to our system up here, and we’re appreciative of that,” Olson told the Great Falls Tribune. “What Texas does in the future I think will be affected to some extent by how well he does in treatment.”

Leaf, who was taken by the Chargers with the second overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft, has battled an addiction to prescription painkillers since his NFL career flamed out.