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Former Bury Your Dead Guitarist Sentenced to Twenty Years in a Federal Prison

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Eric Ellis, who was the guitar player for Bury Your Dead from 2004 through 2008, and appeared on the band’s breakthrough album Beauty and the Breakdown and its self-titled follow-up, has been sentenced to twenty years in a federal penitentiary.  His crime? He was a member of a gang called “The Guardians,” who were apparently guilty of such fun crimes as armed assault, home invasion, extortion, drug trafficking, and other pleasant activities all of which violate the RICO Act (RICO stands for “Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations,” but I assume you all just know it as “RICO” because that’s they always refer to it in the movies).

Here’s the stupid part, though: the gang was allegedly inspired by the FX television series Sons of Anarchy. Not since my cousin Eugene dyed his skin red and had two sawed-off horns attached to his skull has Ron Perlman inadvertently inspired such a terrible idea.

Here’s Ellis in the video for the only BYD song I ever liked, “House of Straw,” or, as I prefer to call it, “Breakdowns Breakdowns Breakdowns Chugga-Chugga-Chug Breakdowns.” Ellis is the one with the black guitar.

[via The PRP]

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