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Ian Watkins sentenced to 35 years in prison: Surprisingly cavalier

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According to recent reports, Ian Watkins, former lead singer of Lostprophets was sentenced to 29 years in prison with a 6 year extended license bringing the total to 35 years on child sex offenses.

The singer was said to have displayed "evident delight" in regards to his exploits of sexual abuse.

As for the two females said to have been involved in the case, they have been sentenced to 14 and 17 years respectively.

The defense for Watkins claimed that he was "set up" by fans bombarding him with sexual attention, and that his drug use rendered him unable to control his actions nor recall the events as they occurred. Unfortunately, Watkins made about two phone calls to a friend while in prison, one was quoted saying: "I'm going to put a statement on the 18th now just to say it was megalolz. I don't know what everyone is getting so freaked out about."

It's clear that Watkins is either too far gone to realize the severity of his actions, or else, is completely irreverent towards them.

While it's a sad day for the music scene as a whole when a well known artist "falls from grace" so-to-speak, Ian Watkins now has to be held accountable for his actions and serve his sentence. And while he will be eligible for early release only after two-thirds of his sentence is served, it's not likely that a decision to do so will sit well with the community, nor the fan base he once had.

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