Ryan Leaf kicked out of drug treatment center

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been moved from a drug treatment center to the Montana State Prison

for threatening a staff member and violating his treatment plan, a corrections official said Thursday.

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 burglary and criminal

possession of dangerous drugs, and his five-year sentence called

for spending nine months in a locked drug treatment facility

as an alternative to prison.

Leaf said then that he was looking forward to the treatment at Nexus Treatment Center in Lewistown. But on Thursday, the Montana

Department of Corrections released a statement by Great Falls regional probation and parole administrator Dawn Handa that

said Leaf will now serve his sentence in the Deer Lodge prison.

"The Montana Department of Corrections

terminated Leaf from the treatment program and placed him in prison

after he was found

guilty of behavior that violated conditions of his drug treatment

program. The violations included threatening a program staff

member," Handa said in the statement.

Leaf attorney Kenneth Olson did not return calls for comment.

Adult Community Corrections Division Director Pam Bunke wrote that Leaf was too great a security risk to leave in a community

setting, and that staff had exhausted all resources in keeping him there.

Leaf told his roommate at the treatment center that he wanted to drag a program staffer by his hair, according to the Department

of Corrections document approving Leaf's transfer to prison.

Leaf also wrote in three "Thinking Error Reports" that he wanted to throw the staffer against the wall and smash his glass

into the man's head.

Thinking Error Reports are part of the treatment program meant to help participants monitor their potential problems and help

them recognize and cope with the source of their addiction, according to an agency description.

Leaf was moved out of the Lewistown center on Dec. 29. He was held in the Fergus County Jail until he was transported to the

Deer Lodge prison Wednesday, said Corrections spokesman Bob Anez.

A disciplinary hearing was held Jan. 9 in which a hearings officer found Leaf guilty of threatening another person or his

possessions, according to a summary by the Department of Corrections.

He also was found guilty of wearing clothes

he was told not to wear and volunteering his services when directed not

to, according

to the summary.

Those may seem to be minor charges, but it represented the fourth therapeutic action plan given to Leaf to try to bring him

into compliance, the report said.

When Leaf was served papers for the hearing, he was "less than cooperative," according to the report.

"He got angry, swore at staff, refused to sign off on the witness form and threw the hearing notification papers on the floor,"

the report said.

Leaf will remain in the state prison until at least June 30, when he becomes eligible for parole, Anez said. That does not

mean he will be released, but he will receive a hearing before the state Board of Pardons and Parole.

James Farren, the district attorney in the

Texas county where Leaf was previously given probation in a plea

agreement for

drug charges in 2010, said his office will move to bring Leaf back

to Randall County, where he could stand trial. The original

Texas case stems from accusations that Leaf stole prescription

pain medicine from a player's home while he was a coach at

West Texas A&M.

If Leaf ends up getting prison time from a judge in Texas, he would return to Montana to serve out his time there. He would

get credit for his Montana prison time in Texas, Farren said.

Farren said he gave Leaf a chance with the Texas plea deal. The Montana courts gave him another chance, he said.

"It doesn't matter how many chances he gets," Farren 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.

The Great Falls Tribune first reported Leaf's imprisonment Thursday.