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March 5, 1994, Grace Slick Arrested For Aiming Gun At Police Officer - Today In Crime History

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On this date, March 5, in the year 1994, former Jefferson Starship lead singer, Grace Slick, was arrested for pointing a firearm at a police officer who was responding to a call that shots had been fired at her house.  Law enforcement officers from the Tiburon California Police Department went to the singer's home after receiving a call at 3:30 a.m. from an inebriated man who said a drunken woman was firing a gun in the home.  When police officers arrived, a man came to the door yelling ''kill me,'' the police reported.  An officer quickly subdued the man.   Grace Slick then came to the door carrying a shotgun and allegedly pointed it at the officers.  Slick was demanding that the officers leave her property as she pointed the firearm at them, police said.

Grace Slick, who appeared to be intoxicated, refused to drop the firearm when ordered to do so, police said.   An officer was able to wrestle the gun away from Slick when her attention was diverted.  The shotgun was unloaded, police later determined, but a search of the premises revealed live and spent shotgun shells located in the yard.  Grace Slick, whose real name is Grace Johnson, was charged with a felony firearm assault offense.  She was 54 years old at the time.

Grace Slick hired a criminal defense attorney and, in June 1994, prosecutors agreed to a plea negotiation that spared Grace Slick from serving a prison sentence.  Under the plea bargain, Slick was permitted to plead to a lesser misdemeanor offense.  As a condition of probation, she agreed to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, perform 200 hours of community service, submit to random drug testing and abstain from alcohol.

Sources and more information:

Associated Press News Archive, “Grace Slick Arrested on Felony Assault Charges”  March 5, 1994

Salt Lake City Desert News, “Slick Slips Up, Gunwise - and Gets Herself Arrested” March 6, 1994

Twisted Tales: Grace Slick Exemplifies 1960s Hedonism -- Going on Six Decades, by James Sullivan, February 19, 2010

Got a Revolution!: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane, by Jeff Tamarkin (Simon and Schuster, June 1, 2003)

Orlando Sentinel, “Slick Says In Plea Deal She'll Quit Drinking Alcohol” June 8, 1994


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Michael Buchanan is a practicing criminal defense attorney in Gainesville, Florida, with more than 25 years experience defending people accused of criminal misconduct. He is a former president of the Eighth Judicial Circuit chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Read detailed professional biography here.