ATTLEBORO - The former bass player of the New York-based rock band Coheed and Cambria pleaded guilty Monday to robbing painkillers from a Pleasant Street pharmacy last summer, hours before his band played a concert at the Comcast Center in Mansfield.
Michael R. Todd, 31, was sentenced in Fall River Superior Court to serve one year of home confinement with GPS monitoring for the July 10 robbery at Walgreens at Pleasant Street and Starkey Avenue in Attleboro. Judge Renee Dupuis also gave him three years' probation, which was a sentence recommended by both sides.
Todd, who was kicked out of the band, Coheed and Cambria, following the robbery, must also continue drug treatment and submit to random drug testing.
The California resident was also ordered to stay away from the Attleboro pharmacy, according to Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter.
Todd, who displayed remarkable talent playing riffs from the music of the late jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius during his performances with the band, reportedly has been diagnosed with cancer.
His lawyer, Jason Benzaker of Brockton, declined to comment on any health problems regarding his client.
But, he said Todd is a talented musician whose career was detoured because of a serious addiction to pain medication, a problem he is trying to conquer since his arrest with intensive drug treatment.
"He has been in very intensive drug treatment without being required to do so in order to overcome his addiction and not relapse," Benzaker said in an interview with The Sun Chronicle.
"He's an extremely talented musician. This whole incident has been tragic for his music career," Benzaker said.
Todd was freed on $25,000 cash bail two weeks after his arrest on the band's tour bus parked behind the Comcast Center stage in Mansfield. He went into the pharmacy, showed the pharmacist a message on his Blackberry saying he had a bomb and demanding a prescription painkiller.
Afterward, he took a cab to the concert center where his band was the opening act for grunge rockers Soundgarden, who reunited for a tour last year.