Cage The Elephant’s Matthew Shultz pleads guilty in NYC gun case

The frontman of Grammy-winning group Cage the Elephant agreed to a prison-free plea deal Friday after being charged with possession of a weapon for possessing two loaded guns at a Manhattan hotel.

“Tell Me I’m Pretty” singer Matthew Schultz, 39, was arrested in January after police found two loaded guns in his room at the Bowery Hotel.

“Are you pleading guilty because you’re actually guilty?” Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Cori Weston asked Stolz on Friday.

“Yes, sir,” Schultz replied.

Locker pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a firearm, and criminal possession of a weapon.

Under the terms of the plea bargain, Schultz must “stay out of trouble for a year” and appear in every court, the judge said.

If Schultz does so, he could withdraw his guilty plea to two felonies and be sentenced to a year’s conditional release on misdemeanor charges, the judge added.

Cage the Elephant singer Matthew Schultz has entered a prison-free plea deal in a gun case.
Stephen Hirsch

Matthew Schultz is pictured playing.
The singer was arrested for possessing two loaded guns at a Manhattan hotel.
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But the judge warned Schultz could face up to seven years in prison if he broke the contract.

Schultz was arrested after a hotel employee saw him with a gun out of his pocket in an empty lot of the hotel.

Prosecutors said he was believed to have been drunk at the time.

Police found two guns in a bag in his room and 11 polaroid photos of the weapon, including a picture of him holding the gun and pointing it, prosecutors said.

Matthew Schultz, second from left, is pictured walking through the courthouse.
Mr. Schultz stays out of trouble and must meet all court dates for a year, after which he will be sentenced to one year of conditional release.
Stephen Hirsch

Schultz’s attorney, Sanford Tokin, told a judge in January that the gun was legally purchased and registered, although not in New York.

His attorney did not respond to a request for comment.

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