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AC/DC Drummer Sentenced to 8 Months of Home Detention for Death Threats

After some legal drama that’s stretched out over months, a New Zealand judge has finally figured out what to do with AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd.  Back in April, Rudd pleaded guilty to having offered a great deal of cash, cars and even a house to an associate to “take out” a particular target.  He also admitted to telling the target that he was going to kill him.

You can’t do that, obviously, so Rudd was arrested and tried. In the end, the 61 year-old was sentence to eight months of home detention for uttering the threats as well as for possession quantities of both pot and meth.

Hey, it could have been a lot worse. The law allows for a sentence of up to eight years for the death threats alone.  And somehow, I don’t think his bandmates are in much of a forgiving mood. It can be hard to transport someone convicted of threatening to kill someone across international borders.

Additional links and more information at Billboard.

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