Man Convicted Of Killing Mother Over Avril Lavigne Tickets

Robert Lyons has been convicted of the first degree murder of his mother which took place after he got into a dispute with her over tickets to an Avril Lavigne concert.

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An Illinois man, Robert Lyons, 39, has been convicted of the first degree murder of his mother which took place after he got into a dispute with her over tickets to an Avril Lavigne concert in March of 2008.

His mother Linda Bolek refused to ask her friend to see if Lyons could get skybox tickets to see Avril. Lyons twice slammed Bolek across the head with a cognac bottle, then stabbed her nine times in the back after she fell to the kitchen floor an attack so violent the knife blade snapped off in her body, prosecutors told jurors hearing the case. Another knife he used in the slaying bent because he struck the 5-foot-2 Bolek so powerfully, prosecutors said.

Afterward, Lyons threw Drano and other household cleaning chemicals on her body "to humiliate her," then went shopping, Asst. State's Atty. Joe Lindt said. Lyons was arrested later that night at a Hooters restaurant in Schaumburg.

His defense attorneys argued that his mother threatened him with the knife and he killed her unintentionally.

He faces up to life in prison.

Thanks for the report to Rock NYC and Fox News.

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    leohimself
    on3andth3sam3 wrote: why did she have to make things so complicated?
    I'm with you.
    TextOnTheScreen
    Guys, the Avril Lavigne tickets aren't the point. Obviously their relationship was dysfunctional at best, and he was fed up, and killed her. Any little offense like this would have caused him to snap. Stop making a big deal about it being Avril Lavigne tickets. That is all.
    Pagan_Poetry
    I feel sorry for the defense attorneys. Really had their work cut out for them, right? Pun intended.
    Downfault
    Thats absolutely terrible. I can understand if it were Maiden tickets, but Avril Lavigne? How sad.
    Blargaha
    Where have I heard this before? Ah yes! Varg Vikernes also claimed that the sixteen (!) stabs to the back of Euronymus body was self defence.. Look where that landed him
    Iliekgitaz
    A 39 year old man? killing his mother over avril lavigne tickets? And this is why I DON'T smile.
    Wolfinator-x
    *stab* oops! *stab* god dammit! *stab* how is this happening? *stab* I slipped. *stab* Seriously mom, what the hell is wrong with your silverware? *stab* damn! *stab* whoopsie! *stab* this is unintentional! *stab* damn, you're dead...
    Colgate Total
    It wasn't over Avril Lavigne. The guy obviously had some issues with his mother. The Avril thing probably just pushed him over the edge. I take it by the small details, he was living with his mother?
    flaminphoenix
    Some really weird sickos roaming around the world nowadays I guess...but seriously, over Avril Lavigne concert tickets...!? DAMN IT...!
    slaveskinJACKET
    Afterward, Lyons threw Drano and other household cleaning chemicals on her body "to humiliate her."
    I bet she feels like a jackass now.
    BK202
    Okay, this happened really close in terms of location to me, and the local news specified that he has developmental/mental issues, and was hospitalized for a while before this.
    hanselrocks1
    Wolfinator-x wrote: *stab* oops! *stab* god dammit! *stab* how is this happening? *stab* I slipped. *stab* Seriously mom, what the hell is wrong with your silverware? *stab* damn! *stab* whoopsie! *stab* this is unintentional! *stab* damn, you're dead...
    am i a terrible person for lol'ing at this? and sucks but people are messed up. watch lavigne get blamed for it too. and sued.
    livinoffaprayer
    Wolfinator-x wrote: *stab* oops! *stab* god dammit! *stab* how is this happening? *stab* I slipped. *stab* Seriously mom, what the hell is wrong with your silverware? *stab* damn! *stab* whoopsie! *stab* this is unintentional! *stab* damn, you're dead...
    lmao You are a terrible person. I'll forgive you though because, this iis possibly the funniest thing I've seen on here. Dark humor ftw!
    Rattlehead2
    I couldn't help myself but laugh, this is so stupid from beginning to the end, hahahaha.
    guitarpatrick66
    A 39 year old man killing his mother over Avril Lavigne tickets. Does it get any stupider than this?
    rebeltildeth87
    how can this be? i thought only heavy metal bands made their fans do sick shit. im trying to imagine the mindset of someone who would actually want to buy avril lavigne tickets... let alone kill their mother over them.
    crystalmonday80
    this might sound really bad but i found this story really funny... I mean Avril Lavigne tickets are nothing to kill or die for.
    SSampuser68
    Life in prison??? All that does is give him a chance to write children's books like Tookie Williams did. I say kill his ass, there's no chance of rehabilitation for him, along with the cost of keeping him alive.
    Tatakai!
    on3andth3sam3 wrote: why did she have to make things so complicated?
    Haha excellent.
    Silversleep
    I don't know why I bother coming to this site anymore. The articles here are pathetic, save for a few good interviews. What this man did has nothing to do with Avril Lavigne or music in general, the guy clearly had some sort of mental problem and would have snapped over something else given the right provocation.
    Purcell
    on3andth3sam3 wrote: why did she have to make things so complicated?
    The golden comment.
    JB95
    on3andth3sam3 wrote: why did she have to make things so complicated?
    what? I don't get it...
    SomaticalEntity
    EpiExplorer wrote: See? Pop is the devils music, now lets go listen to some extremely brutal death metal.
    This=5*
    stonedhippos
    i'm sorry, but this article made me laugh too hard from beginning to end. is that bad?
    AsOneIStand
    How do we know he didn't want the tickets so he could go to the concert and murder Avril?
    ne14t
    One stab is unintentional, two stabs is manslaughter, three stabs is murder...Nine stabs, breaking a blade off and bending another is mother farking premeditated murder!
    flame_mc
    and he killed her unintentionally.
    He stabbed her 9 times but he killed her unintentionally?
    CiReMaN
    ????? What a story????? oh boy, I want my ticket too, watch out! lol Honestly what a terrible story !
    pwrmax
    There's gotta be a back story to this ... because NONE of it adds up
    Cheesepuff
    He could always be a metalhead from the future who went back in time to impersonate the son of this mother and kill this random woman who is probably evil in the future trying to get the stigma out of metal an onto avril lavigne
    Jackstepher
    on3andth3sam3 wrote: why did she have to make things so complicated?
    I'm going to Hell