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Cris Kirkwood sentenced to prison

Cris Kirkwood, bassist for the Meat Puppets, will spend time in prison after he attacked a security guard with the man's own baton.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Cris Kirkwood, former bass player for the Meat Puppets rock band, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for attacking a security guard with a baton outside a post office.

Kirkwood, 43, pleaded guilty May 10 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 and his brother, Curt, fronted the Meat Puppets, a Phoenix-area band that had several hit records in the 1980s and ’90s. They were cited as an influence for bands such as Nirvana and earned a gold record in 1994 for “Too High to Die.”