Lamb of God Singer Randy Blythe Freed from Czech Jail, Heading Home

2012-08-03

Story by Anne Erickson

Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe was released from the Czech prison where he spent much of last month

Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe has been released from a Czech prison. According to the Czech news site Blesk.cz, the singer was freed Thursday (Aug. 2) and reportedly boarded a a flight to come back home at 1 p.m. Czech time today (Aug. 3). He’s on target to be back in New York City later this afternoon.

Blythe was originally arrested in June on charges of manslaughter during a “tragic incident” in Prague at a Lamb of God performance on May 24, 2010, which, ultimately, led to a fan’s death. Although he posted $200,000 in bail shortly after being put in prison, Blythe wasn’t released until yesterday, since prosecutors kept challenging his bail amount. Finally, he posted bail of 8 million Czech Koruna bail [approximately $400,000] today and was set free.

“I can confirm that [Blythe] was released yesterday afternoon,” said Gabriela Pohlová, a spokeswoman for the prison, on Friday (Aug. 3). Martina Lhotáková, court spokeswoman, also stated that “the decision was reached yesterday at the end of a closed session. The only condition of release was the approximately 8 million Czech Koruna bail [approximately $400,000].”

While fans, friend and family of Blythe certainly have reason to celebrate following his release, Blythe isn’t completely in safe territory yet. He’ll probably have to return to Prague for a full trial at some point. Meanwhile, Lamb of God recently had to put a nix to their much-anticipated summer tour with Dethklok and Gojira, due to Blythe’s incarceration.

 




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