Ex-Queen of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri has been in a bit of hot water lately following a stand-off with a SWAT team this time last year. The troubled musician was facing a hard time, though TMZ has reported that Oliveri has accepted a plea deal, swapping jail time with community service, good behaviour and anger management.
Instead of 15 years behind bars, the bassist must be on his best behaviour for three years, complete 252 weeks of anger management therapy and 200 hours of community service. Oliveri’s lawyer, Freddy Sayegh commented on the verdict by stating that “Mr. Oliveri agreed to plead to one count of possession of cocaine and a dismissal of the remaining six felony counts.” Those charges included two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one misdemeanor count of resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance with a firearm.
The ordeal stems from a 4-hour stand-off in his LA home, where he kept his girlfriend hostage. Once police raided the premises, they found cocaine, meth and a loaded firearm. Oliveri has had a bit of a tough run of it, after his first project since leaving QOTSA, Mondo Generator, was somewhat unsuccessful, and briefly making a comeback with Kyuss before lawsuits from former bandmates brought that to an end.