Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Acquitted of Manslaughter

Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe was found not guilty of manslaughter in a Czech courtroom this morning. “I am a free man,” he announced on his Instagram account.

Last summer, the singer spent five weeks in a Czech prison after being accused of pushing 19-year-old fan Daniel Nosek to his death during a Lamb of God concert in 2010.

The metal singer was released to the U.S. on $400,000 bail with the agreement that he would return to the Czech Republic for trial. Last August he pledged he would return to face his accusers, releasing a statement that proclaimed, “I will not hide in the United States.”

In addition to Daniel’s family seeking $530,000 in compensation, Blythe was faced with five to 10 years in prison if convicted for involuntary manslaughter. A lesser charge could also have been negligence, which carried a lesser sentence.

“I’m very sorry for your loss,” Blythe expressed to the boy’s parents and the three-judge panel. “If ultimately the Czech legal system sentences me to prison I will do my sentence like a man. Daniel was a fan of my band and I had no wish to harm him. He was just a boy. I wish he was still here.”

Prior to entering the courtroom this morning, Blythe posted thoughts to his Instagram.

“Whatever happens to me, do not feel sorry for me, for I am at peace & refuse to feel sorry for myself. Life happens. Deal with it. Some people cannot understand why I have returned, saying I should not come back here. KNOW THIS, & mark my words well- it would be absolutely intolerable for me to hide from this situation. I am an innocent man, but a family suffers the loss of a son, a fan of my band. That is what this whole thing is truly about, not prison, not money, not politics, not ME- it is about a young man who lost his life at just 19 years of age.”

During the proceedings, several witnesses were called including a female acquaintance of Nosek’s, who testified that she witnessed Blythe push her friend from the stage. An analysis of the boy’s fall from a biomechanics expert was also presented during the trial, as well as a security guard’s account of the evening.

Departing the courtroom, the singer declined to speak with the throngs of interviewers with cameras. Instead, he returned to his Instagram account to express his thoughts.

“I have been found not guilty & acquitted of all charges against me. I am a free man. This photo was taken by my friend @aceyslade- it says it all. Please remember the family of Daniel Nosek in your thoughts & prayers in this difficult time. I only wish for them peace. Thank you for your support- Randy”

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