August 4, 2012 12:52

Ex-QOTSA bassist Nick Oliveri avoids jail time over domestic violence, guns and drug charges

Rocker makes deal with prosecutors to avoid prison but is sentenced to probation

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Former Queens Of The Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri has made a deal with prosecutors to avoid a potential 15-year jail sentence for charges relating to domestic violence, firearm and drug offences.

TMZ reports that the rocker, who initially pleaded not guilty to the litany of charges, negotiated a deal that means he will not go to prison but will be sentenced to three years of felony probation instead. He will also serve 200 hours of community service and will be forced to undergo 52 weeks of anger management sessions as part of the agreement.

He was originally charged after an incident in July last year when police were called to his apartment by his girlfriend after she reported he was refusing to let her leave the property. She also told officers that he had struck her repeatedly during a heated argument the previous day, and police then found quantities of cocaine and methamphetamines as well as a fully loaded rifle.

He was charged with several offences, including two counts of possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of resisting, obstructing or delaying a police officer.

However, his lawyer Freddy Sayegh revealed that the case had now been settled, stating: "Mr Oliveri agreed to plead to one count of possession of cocaine and a dismissal of the remaining six felony counts."

Oliveri was fired from Queens Of The Stone Age in 2004. Josh Homme was initially reluctant to reveal the reasons for sacking his bandmate, but was later persuaded to admit that it was down to allegations of domestic violence against Oliveri.

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