An October 1998 photo of ex-San Diego Chargers quarterback Ryan Leaf vs. the Seattle Seahawks. Photo credit: CBSSports.com

One-time San Diego Charger Ryan Leaf is in trouble again – he received a five-year prison sentence, but won’t have to serve the time, an official said, because of time he’s already logged behind bars.

A Texas prosecutor, according to the Associated Press, said the former quarterback, 38, who played college ball at Washington State and was a Heisman Trophy finalist, won’t serve any time in Texas because of the time he’s already spent in prison in Montana.

Leaf violated his Texas probation on 2012 burglary and drug charges when he was taken into custody in Montana for breaking into a home to steal prescription drugs.

Leaf’s attorney Bill Kelly III said a Texas judge gave Leaf credit for the Montana prison time. Leaf remains in custody the report said, but will be paroled.

He recently worked as a quarterbacks coach for West Texas A&M, but the stint ended in 2008.

Leaf was taken by the Chargers as the second-overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft – Peyton Manning was drafted first – but his tenure with the team was brief.

He left the Chargers following the 2000 season and tried to restart his career with the Dallas Cowboys, but he was out of the league by 2002. An NFL poll labeled him the top “draft bust” in league history.

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