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Nick Oliveri of Queens of the Stone Age faces 15 years in prison

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Former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri has been charged with four felonies after a standoff with a SWAT team in Los Angeles last month and now faces 15 years in prison.

Oliveri was arrested July 12 after a fight with his ex-girlfriend escalated into a four-hour standoff with police. The 39-year-old bassist had locked himself and his ex-girlfriend inside his apartment when she was collecting her belongings to move out after he allegedly hit her, according to law officers.

A SWAT team was called, and two hours later, Oliveri allowed his ex-girlfriend to leave, officers said.

After another two hours, Oliveri surrendered to authorities. According to police, after officers searched his home, they found a full-loaded rifle along with cocaine and methamphetamines.

Oliveri is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer.

If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum 15-year prison sentence. Oliveri was fired from Queens of the Stone Age by frontman Josh Homme in 2004.

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Photo: Queens of the Stone Age in 2002, from left, Nick Oliveri, Josh Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen and Joey Castillo. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 

 
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