AC/DC Drummer Gets Light Sentence For Murder Threats

Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was sentenced to eight months home detention in a New Zealand court on Thursday after pleading guilty to charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs. Rudd, 61, was arrested last November after making a threatening phone call to a former security guard turned personal assistant and allegedly attempting to hire a hitman, although the murder-for-hire charge was dropped the next day due to insufficient evidence. Rudd faced a maximum sentence of seven years and the prosecution pushed for a minimum jail time of 18 months, but Rudd’s lawyer successfully convinced the judge that Rudd had already reconciled with the victim and paid compensation. Rudd will be monitored electronically 24 hours a day and allowed authorized visitors during his home detention. AC/DC have replaced him with previous member Chris Slade for their current tour.

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