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Ex-Queens of the Stone Age Guy

No Jail Time

After S.W.A.T Standoff

8/3/2012 1:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0727_nick_oliveri_gettyFormer Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri just dodged a major bullet after his 4-hour standoff with a S.W.A.T. team last year -- cutting a MAJOR deal with prosecutors that will keep him out of jail.

Oliveri's lawyer Freddy Sayegh tells TMZ, "Mr. Oliveri agreed to plead to one count of possession of cocaine and a dismissal of the remaining SIX felony counts."

If you recall ... Oliveri was arrested last July in L.A. after a fight with his GF resulted in a S.W.A.T. standoff. Cops eventually searched his home, and claim they found a loaded shotgun along with cocaine and methamphetamines. 

The musician had faced up to 15 YEARS in the slammer for the combined charges -- but under the deal, he'll only get 3 years felony probation. Oliveri also agreed to 52 weeks of anger management and 200 hours of community service.

A judge signed off on the deal today, claiming if Oliveri stayed clean during the length of his probation, he'd expunge the entire case from Oliveri's record. Not bad.


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The judge is probably a DWARVES fan and realizes that all genius artists need their muses. Whether it's cocaine, meth, firearms or just some good old all AMERICAN violence, so f'n what. He beat the system, good him. He's not REX EVERYTHING because he knits and scrapbooks.
And really, quit all your god damn self righteous, self loathing jealousy you stupid S.O.B.S. This is TMZ, go write your congressman if this bothers you all so much. Get a box of tissues and cry your eyes out about it.
With all due respect to the man, he's hardly a celebrity. He is a talented musician but I doubt he's got any serious money to speak of, so there is no way he bought his freedom. More then half of you probably had no idea who he was before any of this crap.

779 days ago


Nick's going to be playing an acoustic set this weekend (August 11th) at Cobraside Distribution in Glendale, Ca! You guys should go check it out!

776 days ago


That's what you get when you have the BEST lawyer in town! Ask Harvey :)

774 days ago
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