Florida man arrested for playing National Anthem rejects plea deal, fights for right to party
By Colin Wolf
on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 12:04 PM
Screengrab via YouTube
Lane Pittman, the Jacksonville man who, back on July 4th, ripped an impromptu street sesh of the "Star-Spangled Banner" so damn hard the cops were forced to arrest him, has rejected a plea deal by the court on Monday.
You can watch a video of the performance and arrest below.
According to Pittman, the plea deal, which would've dropped the charges in exchange for community service, would mean that he has admitted "nonexistent" guilt.
Shortly after rejecting the deal, Pittman posted this to his Facebook page:
UPDATE: just got out of court and they have decided to push back the situation to ANOTHER court date on Aug. 27th. During the time in between this, the State Attorney will decide to either file this or not. They gave me a diversion deal to where I could do a bunch of community service and the arrest goes away and I said no. To me, that is admitting guilt. I would be admitting a guilt that is nonexistent. Thank you everyone for the prayers and support! Praying God is glorified through all of this no matter what the outcome is!!
Pittman drew a crowd of nearly 200 people to the corner of First and Margaret streets on Neptune Beach, July 4th, causing the local police to arrest him for breach of peace.
Pittman claimed he was asked to move his guitar and amp from the street and on to the sidewalk, which he did. However, once he finished playing he was arrested.
“I don't think I ever played that song as good in my life as I did on that day. It felt right. It was an emotional roller coaster,” said the 22 year-old to WJXT.