Cris Kirkwood was sentenced yesterday (Aug. 2) to 21 months in prison for attacking a security guard with a baton outside a post office.

Cris Kirkwood was sentenced yesterday (Aug. 2) to 21 months in prison for attacking a security guard with a baton outside a post office. The 43 former Meat Puppets bassist pleaded guilty May 10 in Mesa, Ariz., to a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon.

He was shot during the Dec. 26 incident at the post office in downtown Phoenix and authorities said he was on probation at the time for a 2000 drug offense.

According to the criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Kirkwood was arguing with a woman about a parking space outside the post office when she approached security guard Thomas Goodrum.

Kirkwood yelled profanities at Goodrum, then shoved the security guard.

In the ensuing scuffle, Kirkwood managed to get Goodrum's collapsible baton away from him and hit him on the head, knocking off the guard's eyeglasses. Goodrum then pulled his handgun and fired a shot into Kirkwood's back, the complaint states.

Kirkwood, who was on probation for a prior drug offense at the time of the arrest, could have received as much as 27 months in prison.


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