The troubled son of Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett was a no show for a scheduled preliminary hearing in a Los Angeles court on Friday because he simply refused to get on the bus from jail, RadarOnline.com can report exclusively.
Redmond O’Neal, 33, is facing several felony charges stemming from his May 8 arrest for allegedly holding up a convenience store in Santa Monica. According to prosecutors, the celeb son approached a clerk at about 3 a.m. with a knife and demanded money. The clerk, who was in fear for his life, gave O'Neal cash, a LAPD spokesperson told Radar exclusively.
O’Neal has been charged with second-degree robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a smoking device, possession of an injection/ingestion device and two counts of possessing a controlled substance, which were meth and heroin. He has denied all of the charges.
O’Neal could face a maximum of 10 years in prison if convicted of all charges, prosecutors said.
O’Neal has been housed at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles since his arrest and is being held without bail, according to jail records. While O’Neal will not be held in contempt for missing his hearing on Friday, court officials said he will be scheduled to appear again at the Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles on Tuesday. If he refuses to get on the bus again, prosecutors could file an order that allows the temporary removal of an incarcerated individual with a judge’s approval.
Last week, O’Neal did appear in another courtroom for a probation violation and was denied bail by the judge.
Struggling with his sobriety for years, O’Neal was sentenced to three years in prison for violating his probation in an ongoing drug possessions case. According to prosecutors, O’Neal was previously convicted of possession of a controlled substance in jail in 2009 and possession of a firearm by a felon in 2015. He was released from prison in 2016, but this recent arrest is yet another violation of his probation terms.
Last week, Robert Mendoza, of the Los Angeles County Public Defenders Office, asked a judge overseeing O’Neal’s probation violation case to allow the troubled man to be able to post bail because his famous father is in “very poor health.” The judge denied that request.
Neither Ryan O’Neal or his sister, Tatum, were present at Friday’s hearing.
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