Randall County District Attorney says possibilities open for Leaf

by Larry Lemmons
Newschannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Ryan Leaf's attorney and the Randall County District Attorney want to clarify the negotiations going on concerning a potential plea deal for Leaf.

Both men say the article about Leaf that appeared in the Amarillo Globe News this morning implied Leaf was pleading guilty. They say that's not the case.

While a plea deal could come early next year for former W.T. football coach Ryan Leaf, there has been no decision as to how that will play out.

Bill Kelly, Leaf's attorney says, "In reading the article there probably was maybe an implication that Ryan was going to enter a plea of guilty to something and that we were just negotiating punishment. Certainly it could be read that way. But that's not the case."

Randall County District Attorney James Farren says, "Mr. Leaf is absolutely innocent until we prove otherwise. Obviously we believe the evidence will prove that. It would be unethical for us to file a case unless we believed that to be true. But that doesn't make it true. We still have to prove that in a court of law. We'll see whether we can do that or not if we end up in trial."

Leaf was charged with one count of burglary of a habitation and two counts of drug related charges. He turned himself over to Randall County in June and was released on bond.

The Attorneys say nothing is off the table.  Farren says it could be prison time or probation.

Bill Kelly says, "Neither he nor I have decided what he would be willing to offer nor what would be acceptable to my client and I'd have to talk with Ryan about it."

Farren also says he's heard criticism that offering Leaf probation would be special treatment. He says given Leaf's circumstances he absolutely disputes that.