LAMB OF GOD
frontman Randy Blythe
was found not guilty of manslaughter on Tuesday (March 5) by a panel of Czech judges in the concert death of one of the Richmond, Virginia-based metal band's fans.Blythe
was facing the possibility of conviction and a long-term jail sentence after a May 2010 incident in which a fan, Daniel Nosek
, who attended a LAMB OF GOD
performance in Prague, died almost a month later, allegedly from injuries sustained when he was thrown off the stage.
In a new posting on his Facebook
(pictured below) writes: "I am leaving Prague now — I hope not to return for a long while. This has nothing to do with this city, the people who live here, or the Czech Republic itself at all. This is a wonderful place, and many people have been kind to me. Not a single soul here has been rude or mean to me at all, nor done me any harm — in fact, it is quite the opposite. I have grown to love this city, for it is a marvelous, magical town. I encourage everyone to come visit here, to see this lovely country. But for me it is a place of great sadness.
"While I am relieved that my innocence was proven and apparently I shall not be going to prison, I am in no way shape or form a happy man right now. The small inconveniences I have been through since my arrest are not noteworthy. People go through much worse daily and still keep a smile on their faces, but currently my smiles are far and few between. A young man is still dead, and his family still suffers. Please remember that fact. This family did no wrong, and have shown me great kindness — with silence, with actions, and finally with words — they spoke on my behalf to the court, and we had a private talk afterwards.
“All I will say about that is that they were very kind to me and displayed the utmost strength and class, and wished me a good life. They just want to get on with their lives the best they can. I wish them only the best, and will keep them in my thoughts and prayers. Please do the same — think good thoughts of them and healing thoughts for them. Trust me, they are good people, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. They did NOTHING wrong.
is from Kutna Hora, at the Sedlec Ossuary. I was there yesterday — like Prague, it is an amazing place. About this city, Kafka
wrote: 'Prague doesn’t let go… This old crone has claws. One has to yield, or else.' I have found this to be true. I am yielding, I am leaving a part of myself here, I think. Some bit of me will always roam these streets at night, and that is only fitting. Now I will go home and try to see what good I can make come out the destruction that occurred here — it is the only correct thing to do.
"Rest in peace, Daniel Nosek
The state prosecutors have announced their intention to appeal the verdict; they have eight days to put this in writing.Blythe
was unaware of a warrant out for his arrest when he was detained last June after arriving at the Prague airport for a show with LAMB OF GOD
. He spent five weeks in custody before being released on bail in August.
The parents of the alleged victim were demanding compensation of 10 million Czech Koruna (approximately $530,000).