Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle was recently acquitted of failing to register as a sex offender and lying on his driver’s license application. Pyle pled guilty in 1993 to attempted capital sexual battery and lewd assault on two young Floridian girls, avoiding a maximum sentence of life in prison. From the Florida Times-Union:
Pyle hugged and kissed his lawyers and numerous friends and family who showed up to support him.
Pyle said the acquittal now frees him up to ask the governor to set aside his 1993 guilty pleas to attempted capital sexual battery and lewd assault charges on two young girls in Jacksonville Beach. He will have plenty of supporters in that effort, including one of the girls, his now-20-year-old daughter Kelly, who said Friday she believes the crime never happened.
Kelly Pyle was in court for much of the trial to support her father, who she didn’t meet until she was 18. She said she has never believed her father sexually assaulted her or any other child.
“If those charges were true, I wouldn’t be here supporting my dad,” she said. “I love him, and I know that he is a good person.”