The Kentucky man jailed for posting lyrics from a heavy metal song on Facebook is calling the entire situation "surreal."
James Evans was arrested last month after he shared a verse from the Exodus track "Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)," which the band has said is about the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech.
Evans tells Billboard the local officers who took him in didn't even cuff him because they knew he wasn't dangerous. He assumed everything would soon be cleared up and he'd be released after his first court date. But instead he was charged with a felony for "terrorist threatenings" and faced a potential five to ten years in prison.
Evans says he couldn't believe it "got that out of hand," adding that he really started to worry because he has a family to take care of.
Evans was eventually handed a deferment for six months at his second court date, and ordered to undergo a mental evaluation. The date for the evaluation hasn't been set yet, but if Evans complies with the court, the charges will be dropped from his record. He says "they can watch [him] all day" and see that he doesn't do anything wrong.
Following news of Evans' arrest, Exodus guitarist Gary Holt issued a statement saying, "When we start to overreact to things like lyrics by any band...and start arresting people, we are caving in to paranoia."
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