By Jessica Goodman
Updated July 09, 2015 at 12:55 PM EDT
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AC/DC’s former drummer, Phil Rudd, pleaded guilty to charges of threatening to kill and possession of marijuana and methamphetamine earlier this year, and was sentenced to eight months of home detention in his home country, New Zealand.

New Zealand judge Thomas Ingram, announced the sentence on Thursday and, according to Bay of Plenty Times, Ingram told Rudd, “The reality, Mr Rudd, is this. I consider you badly need help with your drug problem and I consider the best way to deal with that is to give you the sentence I’ve given you here.”

Rudd, who played with AC/DC for over 30 years, faced a maximum of seven years in prison, but his sentence now calls for monitoring 24 hours a day. Ingram told the drummer if he were to violate his home detention, which includes a rehabilitation program, he would be sent to prison.

Rudd’s lawyer Craig Tuck told Rolling Stone that he has filed an appeal on Rudd’s behalf because the sentence was “manifestly excessive.” A rep for AC/DC said the band had no comment.

AC/DC released their most recent album, Rock or Bust on Dec. 2, in the midst of Rudd’s trial, and began a global tour without the drummer. “Phil’s absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year,” the band said in a statement last year.