IZZY FINED FOR CRIME
GUNNER GETS HIS DAY IN COURT
ARIZONA REPUBLIC; OCT. 18, 1989
Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin says he's sorry and will change his ways.
Stradlin was fined $2,000 and put on probation Tuesday for urinating on an airplane and lighting up in the non-smoking section. He also was ordered to pay USAir up to $1,000 to clean up his mess.
Stradlin, 27, was placed on probation for six months and ordered to see a psychiatrist in his home state of California. He has to pay for the counseling to determine whether he has an alcohol-abuse problem.
If Stradlin doesn't complete his probation, he will be fined an additional $4,000, according to U.S. District Court Magistrate Michael Mignella, who sentenced Stradlin during a hearing in Phoenix.
Stradlin, whose real name is Jeffrey Dean Isbell, was subdued throughout his 30-minute court appearance.
Just before being sentenced, he pleaded guilty to four counts of illegally smoking in a non-smoking section, a misdemeanor.
Stradlin, who is the rhythm guitarist for Guns N' Roses, originally was charged with a felony: interfering with the duties of an airline crew. That charge was dropped in exchange for the guilty plea to the misdemeanor.
When Mignella asked the rocker whether he had any comment, Stradlin said in a barely audible voice, "I apologize to the court."
Told by Mignella that the judge needed assurances that his antics wouldn't occur again, Stradlin replied, "No problem."
Asked about being forced to see a psychiatrist, Stradlin said, "This is OK. This is fine. The doctor is very good."
His attorney, Edward Novak, told Mignella that Stradlin "is remorseful," and added that he's convinced Stradlin "does not intend to act in this manner in the future."
"He is an individual of few words, but someone who can keep his word and is ... anxious to find out whether he has a problem with alcohol," Novak said.
Stradlin was arrested at Sky Harbor International Airport on Aug. 27 during a stopover by a USAir flight from Indianapolis to Los Angeles.
Guns N' Roses, which has a carved out a reputation as a hard-rocking, hard-partying band, is scheduled to perform in Los Angeles tonight, opening for the Rolling Stones.