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Ex-Teen Idol Gets 45 Days in Jail

April 07, 2006|From the Associated Press

Former teen idol Leif Garrett has been jailed for 45 days after failing several drug tests while in a strict live-in rehabilitation program, authorities said Thursday.

Garrett began the sentence March 30 after a Superior Court commissioner determined that he had violated terms of the program, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Garrett, 44, was undergoing rehabilitation for violating probation in a cocaine case stemming from a 2004 arrest. After his last progress hearing March 9, he said he had made advances in fighting his addiction: "I'm going down the right path."

Garrett also faces charges of felony heroin possession. Officers who stopped him Jan. 14 for trying to ride a Los Angeles subway train without a ticket said they found what appeared to be narcotics on him. Garrett has pleaded not guilty in that case.

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