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Phil Rudd, AC/DC Drummer, Guilty of 'Threatening to Kill'

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Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, left, stands in in the dock flanked by security facing charges at the District Court in Tauranga, New Zealand on April 21, 2015. (Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 05:46 AM

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, 60, was released on bail after pleading guilty in a New Zealand court to charges of "threatening to kill," as well as drug possession. He was arrested in 2014 after police said he tried to hire a hitman to kill two men.

Rudd faces up to seven years in prison on the threatening to kill charge, although his lawyer is seeking a remedy that would involve no legal consequences for Rudd, according to The Associated Press.

An unusual loophole in New Zealand law gives a judge the discretion not to enter a conviction even in cases where a defendant has pleaded guilty.

A judge can do this if he or she thinks the consequences of a conviction outweigh the seriousness of the crime, a move which can allow a defendant to keep a clean record.

Police raided the veteran rocker's luxury New Zealand waterfront house at Tauranga in the North Island in November 2014 and charged him with "attempting to procure murder" and threatening to kill, according to AFP.

They also charged him with possessing methamphetamine and cannabis after allegedly finding the drugs in his property, Tauranga District Court was told.

Rudd has played on hits including "Dirty Deeds Done Dirty Cheap" and "Highway to Hell."

Australian-born Rudd joined the band in 1975 and left in 1983 after arguing with founding member Malcolm Young.

He moved to New Zealand at the time, settling in the coastal community of Tauranga, about 90 miles southeast of Auckland.

He remained in the area even after patching up his differences with the band in 1994, using it as his base as he followed a punishing global touring schedule with the notoriously hard-living heavy metal pioneers.

Rudd was part of the AC/DC line-up inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 and won a Grammy for best hard rock performance with the band for "War Machine" in 2010.

Later that year he was convicted of cannabis possession after police raided his boat, receiving a fine of $190.

AC/DC are one of the best selling music acts of all time, amassing sales estimated at 200 million albums worldwide featuring songs that remain staples on classic rock radio, including "Back in Black", "Jailbreak" and "High Voltage."

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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, 60, was released on bail after pleading guilty in a New Zealand court to charges of "threatening to kill," as well as drug possession. He was arrested in 2014 after police said he tried to hire a hitman to kill two men.
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