Escape Fate Singer MURDERER!*
2008-02-01 by Jared | 30 Comments
Taken from Altpress.com
January's Most Anticipated issue promised a summer release from Las Vegas hardcore punk band Escape the Fate, who were slated to begin recording their follow-up to 2006 debut Dying Is Your Latest Fashion this month. But as the issue went to press, guitarist Omar Espinoza amicably left the band, and it seems that lead singer Ronald "Ronnie" Radke has now parted ways with the group as well, though under far grimmer circumstances.
On January 15, Radke, 24, pled guilty to one charge of battery with substantial bodily harm and was sentenced to five years' probation as well as ordered to pay nearly $100,000 restitution for the May 6, 2006 death of 18-year-old Michael Cook.
The following day, a source close to the band who wished to remain anonymous confirmed that Radke -- who co-founded the group with bassist Max Green in 2005 -- was no longer a member (Radke subsequently confirmed his departure via MySpace).
According to police reports, the incident occurred when Radke had agreed to a one-on-one fight with former friend Marcel Colquitt in a secluded desert area near Las Vegas' North Decatur Avenue. Colquitt later stated he had been angered by Radke referring to his girlfriend as a "coke whore," while Radke said the female in question had been harassing Green and Green's girlfriend over the Internet.
Colquitt brought along four additional people; Radke brought three, and each side was carrying brass knuckles, bats and at least one firearm. During the altercation, Radke's friend Chase Rader fired, leaving Colquitt's brother Michael wounded and his friend Cook dead.
Rader was initially charged with murder, but charges were later dropped. Marcel Colquitt, who was charged as a co-defendant in the case with Radke and faced possible jail time, committed suicide in September.
"I don't think probation is good enough for him," said Cook's mother, Ceda Freeman, to whom Radke must pay $92,372 restitution. "He has absolutely destroyed my family."
As a condition of Radke's probation, he must be employed full tine. Judge Mosley previously said that a deal could be reached to consider Escape the Fate a full-time job. A second condition prevents Radke from leaving the country or transferring his probation to another state - which put possible tour plans on an indefinite hold.
Mosley also gave a third condition: Radke must enroll in a drug-and-alcohol-rehabilitation program. While rumors of Radke's drug problems have been prevalent throughout Escape the Fate's career, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Jose Montoya, Radke has been arrested for at least six counts of narcotics possession -- including heroin -- since August 2006.
Violation of any of the terms of Radke's probation will force the singer to serve a four-year suspended prison sentence, also handed down by Mosley.
"If your drug problem is as pervasive as it seems, it's a foregone conclusion that you'll be back here in court in front of me...and you'll be facing four years," Mosley told Radke at the sentencing.
An Epitaph spokesman could not comment on Radke's sentencing nor the state of the band.
Tagged: Escape the Fate

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HighandDriving
February 1st 2008
3288 Comments


A little bit old but I just heard this and thought it was funny.


BallsToTheWall
February 1st 2008
44484 Comments


Thats intense news. Hated this band for the most part and the singer seemed like a real tool. Trying to copy "The Warriors" movie I see.This Message Edited On 06.05.08

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jrowa001
February 1st 2008
8750 Comments


wtf? brass knuckles? lol

HighandDriving
February 1st 2008
3288 Comments


I know, its even more funny because of the band he is in.
I originally thought the band was full of pussys.....guess not.....still dress like pussys though.

MyRamona
February 1st 2008
1078 Comments


Absolutely mental!This Message Edited On 02.01.08

Confessed2005
February 1st 2008
3314 Comments


lol thats insane.

Mirror.Circuit
February 1st 2008
223 Comments


hahahaha wow.

AmericnZero02
February 1st 2008
3343 Comments


Man thats freakin' nuts. How do you get arrested for narcotics 6 times in a year and a half?

sparkz
February 1st 2008
25 Comments


Thats to bad...this band had some potencial

HighandDriving
February 1st 2008
3288 Comments


^Ya to be a second rate Motley Crue.

Mr_Coffee
February 1st 2008
631 Comments


I guess killing is his latest fashion

AmericnZero02
February 1st 2008
3343 Comments


^ZING

Jacaranda
February 1st 2008
684 Comments


this happened two years ago.

Slaytan
February 1st 2008
1186 Comments


I guess killing is his latest fashion

Score
But seriously, that sucks...not what happened to Radke, what happened to the other guys.

KissofJudas
February 1st 2008
50 Comments


this happened two years ago.


Yeah I hate hearing news about nobody bands from nobody land.

HighandDriving
February 1st 2008
3288 Comments


this happened two years ago.

Thanks tips.

Yeah I hate hearing news about nobody bands from nobody land.


Ok........

Chewie
February 1st 2008
4532 Comments


i had no idea punk rock gang wars existed.

icaught fire444
February 1st 2008
622 Comments


At least the guy won't be talking any more shit!

Fights are so stupid.

etffan1
February 17th 2008
2 Comments


dude ronnie didn't murder that kid it was his friend!!this is gay!!i lov ronnie forever!!

pieguy1217
October 20th 2009
1 Comments


ronnie didnt kill anybody u dumbasses he took the blame for the guy who did so everybody shut up abot it and give him some respect... hope he gets out soon love you ronnie

PanasonicYouth
October 20th 2009
7411 Comments


respect LOL murderers don't deserve respekt

Mordecai.
October 20th 2009
8279 Comments


love you too pieguy

EasternLight
October 20th 2009
2700 Comments


ronnie sucked my penis

BallsToTheWall
October 20th 2009
44484 Comments


OJ didnt kill anybody either...oh wait......

shortone323
October 20th 2009
883 Comments


Lol why did you post on an almost two year old article? Is he getting out now?

Mordecai.
October 20th 2009
8279 Comments


Everyone is innocent, plain and simple.

BallsToTheWall
October 20th 2009
44484 Comments


Even catholic priests?

Mordecai.
October 20th 2009
8279 Comments


Everyone (except catholic priests) is innocent, plain and simple*

iGuter
November 4th 2012
349 Comments


"Just because you no longer do drugs doesn't mean you are no longer a horrible human being. Ronnie now abuses people instead of substances."

Couldn't have said it better myself. Radke, you're a coward.


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November 4th 2012
21971 Comments


THREE YEAR + BUMP WOOO



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