Thursday, March 30, 2017
The wife of former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts has been arrested in Florida after allegedly threatening to shoot more than a dozen high school students rowing near her backyard in Osprey.
According to ABC News7 in Sarasota, local police reportedly secured video of the incident, which shows Donna Betts standing on her dock late Monday afternoon, aiming a 30-30 Winchester rifle at the rowing crew and threatening to shoot them as they practiced nearby.
At the end of the video, Betts can be seen throwing the rifle into the water; it was later recovered by police.
Following the incident, Betts called 911 claiming "the crew from Sarasota High School have destroyed her life and she has had it, identifying herself as Donna."
The rocker’s wife has been charged with 18 counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and for "causing a well-founded fear coupled with the ability to produce great bodily harm and/or death."
Betts was given supervised released on a $180,000 bond on Wednesday. She must wear an ankle bracelet and stay away from drugs during her bond arrangement; she is also prohibited from contacting any member of the rowing team.
A founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts served several stints with the group before his departure in 2000.
After 45 years together, the band performed its final show on October 28, 2014 at the Beacon Theater in New York City.
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