Cage the Elephant’s lead singer, Matt Schultz, took a no-prison plea deal after being arrested with two loaded guns in January.
according to New York PostSchultz pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a firearm, and criminal possession of a weapon in exchange for avoiding a prison sentence.
Manhattan Superior Court Judge Corey Weston made it clear to Schultz on Friday that he “must stay out of trouble for one year” and attend all of his court dates under the terms of the deal. After that, he can withdraw his guilty plea to the two felony charges and get a one-year parole on a misdemeanor charge.
However, if Schultz does not follow the terms, he faces up to seven years behind bars.
Schultz was arrested at the Bowery Hotel in New York City on January 5th, one day after an employee was discovered carrying a gun into a public bathroom on the ground floor. Prosecutors allege that Schultz appeared intoxicated and that when police showed up at his hotel room, they found two handguns and 11 Polaroids of the weapons.
After the arrest, Schultz’s attorney, Sanford Talkin, told the judge that the guns were legally purchased and registered to him — just not in New York.