Don Bauder 5:30 p.m., Nov. 20
Ryan Leaf in state prison
Former Chargers quarterback threatened staff member and violated treatment plan
Ryan Leaf, the quarterback who was supposed to turn the Chargers around in 1998, has been moved from a drug treatment center to the Montana State Prison, according to the Associated Press. Leaf was charged with threatening a staff member at the treatment center and not following his treatment plan. Leaf was charged last spring with breaking into two houses and stealing prescriptions near Great Falls. He pleaded guilty in May to burglary and criminal possession of dangerous drugs. According to the Associated Press, his five-year sentence called for spending nine moths in a locked drug treatment facility as an alternative to prison. Now he will serve his sentence in the Deer Lodge Prison. Leaf apparently wrote in a report that he wanted to throw a staffer against the wall and smash a glass into the man's head. Leaf will remain in state prison until June 30, when he becomes eligible for parole.
When the Chargers traded away good players to get in line to take Leaf, the Union-Tribune wrote that Leaf would not only turn the team around, but would create so much goodwill that he would turn the City around.
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