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The Latest on the Heart Family Drama

The husband of Heart's Ann Wilson has been sentenced after pleading guilty on Friday (April 14) to a pair of assault charges against the 16-year-old twin sons of Ann's sister Nancy last summer.

Dean Wetter was sentenced to 364 days in jail, which were suspended so he won't actually spend any time behind bars. Wetter, who will be on probation, was also ordered to pay restitution and undergo counseling and is barred from having any contact with the boys.

The incident took place last August in Auburn, Wash., which the boys asked to have a look inside Ann's tour bus; After they left the door open Wetter yelled at them and allegedly punched one and grabbed both by their throats. In the wake of the incident Heart is on an indefinite hiatus while Ann tours on her own and Nancy is launching her new band, Roadcase Royale.

Nevertheless, Nancy tells us that she hopes in time Heart will be able to reunite in some way:

"When something like that happens inside a really tight family it's really scarring for everyone involved, and so there's a lot of victims besides my own kids in the scenario...I hope it can resolve and I think it will resolve. Time is the healer. I'm just wishing and hoping for the best. I’ve got prayers aloft...It's kind of a sad situation and, like I say, everybody's just a little bit scarred right now, so the thing to do is to go forward and be positive and stay affirmative about everything."

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.