Former MEAT PUPPETS Bassist Gets 21 Months In Prison

August 2, 2004

Gary Grado of the East Valley Tribune is reporting that a federal judge sentenced former MEAT PUPPETS bassist Cris Kirkwood to 21 months in prison Monday (August 2) for attacking a security guard with a baton. Kirkwood, 43, who was shot in the incident, pleaded guilty earlier this year to assault with a dangerous weapon.

According to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Kirkwood and a woman had apparently been fighting over a parking space in front of a post office in downtown Phoenix on December 26, 2003. The woman told a guard what happened, and she and Kirkwood again began fighting in the post office with the guard trying to mediate. The guard asked Kirkwood to leave, but Kirkwood allegedly shoved the guard and then punched him, taking away the guard's collapsible baton. Kirkwood then allegedly hit the guard on the head with the baton, which led the guard to draw his handgun. He fired on Kirkwood once.

MEAT PUPPETS soared to worldwide prominence a decade ago thanks to the 1994 album "Too High to Die" and an appearance on NIRVANA's "MTV Unplugged" episode, according to Rolling Stone. The group was led by Kirkwood and his guitarist brother Curt.

Cris Kirkwood has reportedly battled substance abuse in the years since, and did not participate in the group's last album, 2000's "Golden Lies".

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