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Cage The Elephant’s Matt Shultz Avoids Jail Time

Agreeing to a plea deal following his arrest for possession of two loaded guns in January, Cage The Elephant’s Matt Shultz has circumvented imprisonment.

In exchange for avoiding jail time, on Friday (6.02), the rock musician pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor and two felonies of attempted criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a firearm, and criminal possession of a weapon.

In a statement from his attorney Sanford Talking “Matt has worked hard to put this case behind him. He appreciates the opportunity to prove himself.” “Nothing like this will never happen again. He can move forward in his life and with his music.”

According to his lawyer, Judge Cori Weston told the musician that if he “stays out of trouble for one year,” he’ll be able to expunge his record and withdraw his guilty plea on the two felony counts, thus reducing his sentence to one-year conditional release for the misdemeanor,

According to Britain’s Daily Mail, a hotel employee reportedly saw the singer carrying a handgun into one of the restrooms, before calling 911. Shultz later was charged with criminal possession of firearms after police found his guns – including a Sig Sauer and a Smith and Wesson – inside his Bowery Hotel room in Lower Manhattan. He was arrested on January 5, and spent the night behind bars at the 9th precinct.

If Shultz does not abide by the guidelines, he could face seven years in prison, per New York Post.

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Author: Al Denté

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