I don't get why he didn't just stay here. I mean seriously, he has been well-spoken through the thing but why on Earth risk prison time when you literally could just walk away. Unless he wants to "clear his name" or whatever, going to trial when you don't have to just seems like a stupid decision.
He could've but there are BIG bucks to make overseas. If they were a small band, then that would be smart. If you think LoG is famous in the US, they're more gigantic in Europe. They play all those big festivals and are usually on the main stage. Another thing is he might be considered to be a prison escapee. He'd have to stay in the US for the rest of his life which sucks for the band. If he chose that route, then I think LoG would break up in 3 years.