On Dec. 18, it was revealed that former Bury Your Dead guitarist Eric Ellis was sentenced to 20 years in prison for a multitude of gang-related charges including violent crime, drug dealing and armed bank robberies.

Ellis participated in the series of crimes, documented in an official press release from the FBI: The gang committed a series of violent felonies and crimes, including an extortion that left one man nearly dead; the choking of a young woman until she passed out; armed bank robberies; armed home invasions; daily cocaine and opiate sales; and theft of thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise from local stores ... The robberies committed by the Guardians resulted in the loss of almost $2 million to their victims.