In January 2011 Jef Whitehead, aka Wrest, the man behind black-metal solo projects Leviathan and Lurker of Chalice and a contributor to metal supergroup Twilight, was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. Last month the 43-year-old Whitehead was found guilty of aggravated domestic battery, and earlier today Cook County Judge James Linn sentenced Whitehead to two years probation.

Whitehead initially faced a 34-count indictment, though the state dropped 28 of those charges before the bench trial in April. He was tried on four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, one count of unlawful restraint, and one count of aggravated domestic battery; he was found not guilty on all but the aggravated domestic battery charge. Court documents describe the incident resulting in that charge as the strangulation of his girlfriend.

According to a spokesperson for the Cook County state’s attorney, Whitehead could have served three to seven years for the one charge of which he was convicted; that’s certainly a serious sentence, but nothing compared to what the initial charges could’ve brought. “The minimum mandatory sentence is enough that a man of Jef’s age would have died in prison,” says Whitehead’s defense attorney, Joel A. Brodsky.