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Facing Redmond O'Neal for the umpteenth time, the judge told him to go right back to where he came from.
That place being rehab.
The only son of Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal was to be fitted for an electronic monitoring device on his way back to his live-in treatment facility today, the only adjustment to his sentence made by L.A. Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz after O'Neal copped to using drugs while on probation for a litany of other drug-related offenses.
According to O'Neal's attorney, his client got a break after pouring his heart out in court.
They had a "very raw" and "very honest" talk in court Monday, lawyer Richard Pintal tells E! News.
"I'm proud how honest [O'Neal] was with the court," the attorney says. "It was a young man speaking from the heart, who has insight about his demons and addictions and he sincerely wants to address them."
There's a follow-up progress hearing on Nov. 16. If O'Neal continues to behave himself at the Pasadena rehab facility where he's supposed to stay until next August, the likely sentence for his latest probation violation will be continued treatment, rather than state prison, Pintal says.
"There is nothing sensational or unique about this," Pintal tells us. "I am extremely pleased with the results. He is out of jail. He is in treatment. The judge put on a list of very stringent conditions, all of which are very fair and very reasonable. These conditions are all in the short term/long term hope that Redmond gets clean and has a life outside of the criminal justice system—which is what everyone wants."
Eerily enough, Redmond's half-brother, Griffin O'Neal, was collared in August for a DUI crash that occurred when he was supposedly racing to help a recently arrested Redmond. Griffin has pleaded not guilty to six related charges, including felony drug possession for allegedly having rock cocaine in the car.
UPDATE: On Nov. 16, a judge signed off on another four months of "good therapy" in a Pasadena rehab facility for O'Neal, a continuation of his probation.
"I feel great your honor, but there is still a lot of work to be done," the 26-year-old told Judge Keith Schwartz, who replied, "I sincerely understand the underlying psychological issues that you have with your life. That is significant."
But, Schwartz added, "any slips, it's six years" in prison.
Outside the courthouse, a relieved O'Neal told E! News that he felt "really good." His attorney, Mike Brewer, added, "Redmond looks very good and his head is in the right place. I think and I hope we have found the right treatment for him."
Brewer told the judge that O'Neal is working on getting his own treatment sponsor as well as securing a tutor to help him get his GED.
—Additional reporting by Baker Machado