Nick Oliveri Pleads Not Guilty To Domestic Violence

Nick Oliveri

Former Queens of the Stone Age and current Kyuss Lives! bassist Nick Oliveri has pleaded not guilty to five criminal counts stemming from his arrest last July, TMZ.com reports.

Oliveri plead yesterday to the five charges, which came down following a five-hour standoff with Hollywood cops last summer.

A pre-trial date has been set for April 13. If convicted, Nick faces up to 15 years in the slammer. But since he’s a pseudo-celeb, he’ll likely get a sweet deal that’ll lead to little actual hard time.

Nick was booked July 12, 2011, for felony domestic violence. Oliveri’s neighbor reported a “disturbance” between the now-40-year-old rocker and his girlfriend. He let his girlfriend leave the complex following a standoff with SWAT.

Nick’s girlfriend reportedly told police Oliveri hit her during an argument the day before and she had returned to collect her stuff so she could move out.

Oliveri was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer.

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About Chris Harris

Chris Harris is an internationally-published music journalist and writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, IFC, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Radar. The former news editor for Noisecreep, Harris also served as co-host for the site’s weekly podcast, “Creep Show." Before that, he spent four years writing for MTV News.