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Phil Rudd Changes Plea To Guilty In Murder For Hire Scheme

TAURANGA, NZ (CelebrityAccess) — Phil Rudd, drummer of the rock band AC/DC, has changed his plea on the charge of a threat to kill to guilty.

According to the BBC, the court in Tauranga, New Zealand heard testimony in the case that Rudd was unhappy with a release party for his solo album and asked that a former employee be "taken out."

The court heard that Rudd contacted an associate by telephone after the release party and said he wanted the former employee eliminated and allegedly offered Z$200,000 ($153,000) as well as "a motorbike, one of his cars or a house" for carrying out the murder.

Rudd was then alleged to have called the intended victim and threatened to "come over and kill you."

Rudd had previously denied the charge. Prosecutors dropped a second threat to kill charge related to the employee's daugher, the BBC said.

Rudd also plead guilty to possession of cannabis and methamphetamine, both of which were discovered in his home at the time of his arrest.

Rudd, if convicted, faces as much as 8 years in jail for the offenses. – Staff Writers