LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler says that it's "beyond disgusting" that an Alaska man was allowed to escape jail time after pleading guilty to assaulting a woman who said he strangled her unconscious and sexually assaulted her.
Justin Schneider, 34, was accused of kidnapping and assaulting the woman in the August 2017 incident, strangling her until she lost consciousness and then masturbating on her. He was convicted on four felony charges — including kidnapping and assault — and a misdemeanor charge, but walked out of court with no prison sentence after striking a deal with the state.
In exchange for pleading guilty to a single felony assault charge, Schneider was given a two-year jail sentence with one year suspended. He faces no additional jail time because he received credit for time served while wearing an ankle monitor and living with his family.
Earlier today, Adler posted a link to a CNN story about Schneider's guilty plea and included the following message:
"I read the news today, oh boy!
"I'm incapable of silence. This cannot be true. This cannot be real.
"For this to be true, I am alive in a world that does not deserve me.
"I have a daughter. I have an incredibly strong and respectful relationship with her mother. I have a loving relationship with a woman that makes me a better person 25 hours a day and 8 days a week.
"This is beyond disgusting and has tipped the scales for me.
"When we turn away from what's ugly because it doesn't impact our present, we fuel evil.
"This is not okay!
"I'd like to petition the Anchorage court to allow me 30 minutes in an unsupervised room with Justin Schneider.
"I'd appreciate another 30 minutes with the judge.
"Love and respect are all we have. How can this exist?"
Adler was forced to sit out some of LAMB OF GOD's shows earlier this summer because he was undergoing physical and occupational therapy for injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident late last year.
In addition to LAMB OF GOD, Adler has played drums with a number of metal artists, including MEGADETH, NITRO, BLOTTED SCIENCE and PROTEST THE HERO.