Charges Dropped Against Musician Neil Hagerty Following Mental Health Treatment

Charges Dropped Against Musician Neil Hagerty Following Mental Health Treatment

Prosecutors have dropped all criminal charges against musician Neil Hagerty after he underwent a year of mental health treatment, according to his attorney, David Beller. Hagerty, 58, known for his work with indie-rock band Royal Trux, was arrested in April following an alleged assault on a Denver police officer outside an apartment building on Pennsylvania Street. The affidavit filed against him stated that he had ripped a badge off the officer’s uniform and used the pin to cut the officer’s neck while attempting to access the officer’s gun.

During the incident, Hagerty was reportedly experiencing a mental health crisis. In a statement, Beller confirmed that Hagerty had received proper diagnosis, achieved stability, and resumed making music after undergoing intense mental health treatment for a year. Beller expressed gratitude towards the officer, judge, district attorney, family, and fans for their support, and commended Denver for implementing programs that allow individuals with mental health issues to have their cases dismissed once they are stable and maintain their care.

Hagerty had initially faced charges of assaulting a police officer and two counts of attempting to disarm a police officer, all of which were felonies. However, the charges were dismissed on Wednesday after prosecutors were satisfied with the progress he had made in treatment, Beller stated. The court records pertaining to the case have been sealed, making independent verification of the dismissal difficult.

Matt Jablow, a spokesperson for the Denver District Attorney’s Office, responded to inquiries by stating that no records exist, indicating that the court records have been sealed.

Neil Hagerty, a founding member of Royal Trux, formed the band with Jennifer Herrema in the late 1980s. The band remained active until the early 2000s, with a brief reunion in 2019 that resulted in a new album. Hagerty has also been associated with bands such as Pussy Galore, Weird War, and The Howling Hex.

Author: CrimeDoor

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