Man Jailed for Posting Exodus Lyrics Faced 5-10 Years in Prison; Calls Situation ‘Out of Hand’
Last week, it was made public that an Exodus fan from Kentucky was jailed for eight days after posting lyrics from 'Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)' on Facebook. James Evans, 31, spoke about his incarceration shortly after his release, but the metalhead went further into the controversial situation in a new interview.
“Student bodies lying dead in the halls / A blood splattered treatise of hate / Class dismissed is my hypothesis / Gun fire ends [the] debate,” were the lines that caused police to arrest Evans. According to Billboard, a fellow Central City, Ky., resident alerted school officials of Evans' Facebook post, which led to the man's arrest two days later.
Police originally made their way to Evans' mother's house. She directed the cops to her son's Central City home, where they asked the Exodus fan if he was planning to harm anyone. "I assumed the conversation got resolved," Evans tells Billboard, but the next day, police returned to Evans' home, asking his wife what kind of car he drove and if he was in possession of any weapons.
"They informed her that I may or not be charged," he says. "They said they were going to talk to me at work, but they never showed up. I didn't think it was that big of a deal." Though police didn't stop by where Evans works as a screen printer, they returned the following morning with a warrant for Evans' arrest.
"They never even cuffed me, just put me in the back of the car," Evans says. "They knew I wasn't dangerous. They were kind of shocked, too, because they thought it had been resolved. They just had to serve it because it was in their jurisdiction." Evans found himself in court on Aug. 27, being charged with a Class C felony for "terrorist threatenings," which can lead to between 5 and 10 years in prison. "I couldn't believe it got that out of hand," he says. "At the same time it's worrisome because I have a family to take care of. I have a 3-month-old son."
The next week, Evan returned to court and was handed a deferment for six months. He was also ordered to undergo a mental evaluation. If Evans complies with the court, all charges will be dropped.
Stay tuned for the results of Evans' deferred court date once his hearing resumes in early 2015.