Ex-3 Doors Down Bassist Is Headed to Prison

Robert "Todd" Harrell was high on pills
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2015 7:48 AM CST
Ex-3 Doors Down Bassist Prison-Bound in Fatal Crash
From left, Todd Harrell, Brad Arnold, and Matt Roberts of 3 Doors Down perform in 2008.   (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Knee surgeries from "bouncing around on stage for 20 years" left Robert "Todd" Harrell in pain. The pills he took to ease that pain ultimately just led to a whole lot more. Harrell, former bassist of 3 Doors Down, was sentenced Friday to two years in prison after being convicted in a fatal 2013 crash, the Tennessean reports. Police say Harrell, 43, was tearing down Nashville's I-40 at 101mph when he clipped a pickup being driven by Paul Shoulders Jr.; the truck rolled, killing Shoulders. Police found alprazolam and oxycodone in Harrell's system, and 36 pills in his sock. He pleaded no contest. "I hoped after the first time maybe this would wake him up," testified Shoulders' sister, who watched as Harrell was later charged with a second DUI that got him booted from 3 Doors Down. "He has an addiction."

In addition to prison time, Harrell must:

  • Speak about drug addiction at six schools per six years of his probation
  • Attend NA meetings
  • Do at least two anti-DUI PSAs
A probation violation can land Harrell in jail for five more years. Meanwhile, WKRN reports that a court employee tasked with ensuring Harrell followed terms of his house arrest actually helped him violate them. Altavease McCluskey "took my bracelet off so that we could go to South Carolina," Harrell testified. Harrell said there was an implied threat that McCluskey, who has since been fired and charged with misconduct, would "violate" him if he didn't clean her car, walk her dogs, and do other tasks. But, per the Tennessean, he denies a sexual relationship. (More 3 Doors Down stories.)

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