Pat O’Brien, former guitarist for Cannibal Corpse, has been sentenced for his 2018 burglary and aggravated assault charges.
Blabbermouth reports on March 16, O’Brien was sentenced to time served and five decades of probation, ordered to pay almost $24,000 in restitution, submit to regular drug and alcohol tests, be subject to random drug testing, and function 150 hours of community services.
O’Brien, who turns 56 this month, was first arrested and charged in December of 2018.
Authorities were allegedly known as O’Brien’s home in Northdale, FL as it”caught fire with exploding ammunition inside.” While firefighters fought to put out the fire despite the bursting ammunition, O’Brien had entered another person’s home nearby where he pushed a woman down and then hid in the backyard. Authorities were able to subdue O’Brien with a taser after he arrived at them with a knife. Over 80 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition were found in his home, including what were described as”military-style flamethrowers.”
O’Brien appeared in court within an anti-suicide vest and shackles. The judge set his bond at $50,000, pending the results of a drug test, also O’Brien was eventually released.
Cannibal Corpse subsequently recruited their frequent producer, Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, ex-Morbid Angel), to fill in for O’Brien on live dates. Originally, both a statement from the band plus another meeting with vocalist George”Corpsegrinder” Fisher made it look he welcomed back when the time was suitable. This past February, however, Rutan was appointed a permanent member of this group . Metal Blade published Cannibal Corpse’s first album with their new guitarist, Violence Unimagined, on April 16.