Killer singer calls penalty “a little harsh” and says he’s only there because of his previous record and star status

Vince Neil

Star status: Vince Neil

Motley Crue singer Vince Neil believes his current jail sentence for drink-driving is “a little harsh” and he’s only there because of his previous record and the fact he’s a star.

Neil killed Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle Dingley and injured two passengers in another vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol in 1984. He was arrested again last June for DUI and speeding in his home city of Las Vegas.

He was convicted in January after cutting a deal to avoid a trial which could have led to a six-month sentence. Instead he accepted 15 days in prison followed by 15 days of house arrest, and maintained he’d learned his lesson, saying: “I’ve realised I have to take responsibility. I have to pay for it.”

He’s hoping to get out early with good behaviour and he’s working long shifts in the prison canteen to gain extra credit – but he maintains he shouldn’t be there in the first place.

The singer tells the Las Vegas Sun: “They were a little harsh in the sentencing. But they wanted to make an example of me, and that’s what it is.

“It’s just because of my past – that factored into it. It’s not bad, but it’s still jail. I’m going to do my time, put it behind me and move on with my life.”

Neil says he hasn’t discussed his situation with his Crue bandmates and has no intention of doing so. “The only time we really talk is when we’re doing rehearsals or we’re out on tour,” he says. “It’s pretty much all business. We don’t travel in the same circles. Everybody has their own lives – it’s not like it was when we were 22 or 23, living the same apartment above the Whisky A Go-Go.”

After he’s released from prison he’ll serve a further 15 days of house arrest, then he’s planning some solo dates before another Crue tour.

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