Son of Ryan O'Neal, Farrah Fawcett Charged With Robbery, Other Counts

He could face up to 10 years in state prison if convicted

The son of actors Ryan O'Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett was due to appear before a judge Friday to enter a plea in response to charges of robbery and assault for allegedly arming himself with a knife and demanding cash from a Venice convenience store clerk.

Redmond James O'Neal also faces drug counts. Police allegedly found the 33-year-old probationer in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia when he was arrested near the store early Tuesday morning, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

O'Neal is set to be arraigned Friday at the Airport Courthouse. He could face up to 10 years in state prison if convicted of one felony count each of second-degree robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, along with one misdemeanor count each of possession of a smoking device and possession of an injection/ingestion device and two misdemeanor counts of possessing a controlled substance involving heroin and methamphetamine.

The robbery count includes an allegation that he used a knife during the commission of the crime. The criminal complaint also alleges that he was previously convicted of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a felon.

O'Neal, who has remained behind bars since he was arrested by Los Angeles police about 3 a.m. Tuesday, has had several brushes with the law.

In 2015, he was sentenced to three years in prison for violating his probation in a case in which he pleaded no contest in 2011 to one count each of possession of a firearm by a felon and heroin possession.

O'Neal was released in October 2012 from a live-in drug rehabilitation program where he had spent a year. At the time, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz instructed O'Neal to remain on electronic monitoring for 90 days, undergo random drug testing and continue to see medical professionals as part of an "intensive outpatient" program, according to one of his attorneys, Richard Pintal.

O'Neal admitted in September 2011 that he violated his probation by using drugs while in a live-in drug rehabilitation program that he eventually completed. He had been sent to the facility after pleading no contest in August 2011 to one count each of heroin possession and possession of a firearm by a felon -- charges that stemmed from a traffic stop in Santa Monica. He was sentenced in 2011 to spend a year in the drug program and to serve five years on probation.

He was also on probation at the time for a felony drug count stemming from his April 2009 arrest in a county jail parking lot in Castaic.

In 2010, he graduated from a drug court program for a pair of drug possession cases -- one involving possession of heroin and methamphetamine and the other involving possession of methamphetamine.

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