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Jan 18, 2013 12:40 AM by MTN News - Great Falls

Ryan Leaf sent to Montana State Prison

Former NFL quarterback and Great Falls football star Ryan Leaf has been transferred from a substance-abuse treatment center in Lewistown to the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge.

Leaf was sentenced in June to five years to the MT Department of Corrections for drug and burglary charges in Cascade County, and had been residing in the Nexus Treatment Center in Lewistown since shortly after he was sentenced.

Dawn Handa, regional probation and parole administrator in Great Falls, said on Thursday that Leaf has been "terminated" from the treatment program in Lewistown and has been transferred to the state prison after he was found guilty of "behavior that violated conditions of his drug treatment placement," including threatening a program staff member.

Leaf was arrested in Great Falls on April 1, 2012, and charged with one count of burglary, one count of theft, two counts of felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and booked on probation violation. That arrest came just two days after Leaf was arrested on similar charges.

In June, Leaf was sentenced to seven years with the Montana Department of Corrections, with two of those years suspended.

During the sentencing, Leaf's attorney asked that substance abuse treatment be included in the sentence, stating, "I believe Ryan is ready to face his addiction head-on."

In an emotional statement to the judge during his sentencing, Leaf said he did not want this to be an excuse and says he is humiliated and embarrassed for himself, his family, and the community.

Leaf said, "I have found that 80 days in jail has been somewhat of a sanctuary. I've discussed with my family and they believe I've held them for ransom for 36 years and I don't understand why I should have to do that anymore...five to ten years of 'Ryan-free drama' with my family and this community, particularly with this nation, may be pure bliss for people."

Here is raw video from Leaf's sentencing:

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