Judge sentences actor’s son to 16 months in prison
The eldest son of actor Ryan O’Neal was sentenced Friday to 16 months in prison for driving under the influence of five drugs and causing an Aug. 2 head-on collision on San Pasqual Valley Road.
Griffin O’Neal, 47, a Ramona resident, pleaded guilty in November to driving under the influence of drugs and causing injury, and being a felon in possession of a gun. He also admitted to a 1992 conviction for shooting his ex-girlfriend’s car.
Judge Eugenia Eyherabide used her judicial discretion to ignore the 1992 felony conviction for the purpose of sentencing, saying that it was 20 years old.
O’Neal was on probation for a 2007 DUI conviction when the collision occurred about 1 p.m. near San Diego Safari Park. He was not arrested until about a month later.
Defense attorney Heather Boxeth said O’Neal’s behavior was “inexcusable” and told the judge he had serious substance-abuse problems.
O’Neal was scheduled to be sentenced last month, but missed the court date because he had checked himself into an addiction treatment center after bailing out of jail on a misdemeanor battery charge involving his wife.
When O’Neal came to court the next day, Eyherabide told him he could stay at the treatment center until sentencing.
In court Friday, O’Neal apologized to Sergio Reveles, the driver he crashed into. Reveles suffered a back injury in the wreck.
“I really do want to make him whole again,” O’Neal said.
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