9:06 pm - 05/16/2014

As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Attempting to Kill Wife

Tim Lambesis, singer for San Diego metal band As I Lay Dying, was sentenced today (May 16) to six years in prison in a San Diego Superior Courtroom for attempting to hire a hit man to kill his wife. Judge Carlos Armour handed down the sentencing.

Last February, Lambesis threw himself on the mercy of the court by pleading guilty to the felony charge of soliciting the murder of his wife of eight years, Meggan Lambesis.

The verdict was handed down as the singer’s ex-bandmates Nick Hipa, Phil Sgrosso and Josh Gilbert looked on. Spilling into the section typically reserved for the defense, many of Meggan’s more than three dozen supporters adorned small yellow felt hearts pinned to their shirts to make their sentiments known. With more than 80 spectators packing the gallery, defense attorney Tom Warwick told the judge that he had a lot of people who support Tim and he wanted “some kind of parity” with the seating in the room.

Mike Murphy, Meggan’s father, was the first to speak to the court. As Lambesis watched intently, Murphy explained that some people talk about being a Christian, but Meggan lives a Christian life and that his daughter has influenced other people to adopt children, too. Murphy went on to claim the family still fears assassination: “We know that prison is a great alibi for someone who wants to complete the deed.”

After meeting with Lambesis’ attorney regarding a civil suit, the singer reportedly showed no remorse. “He was only worried about the money. Tim is only sorry he got caught.” He closed by calling for the maximum sentence of nine years.

Meggan’s mother spoke next, claiming that Lambesis had been “abusive” and that he had regarded her daughter’s life “as was a mere inconvenience to this narcissistic child.”

When Meggan finally spoke, Lambesis turned in his seat to listen but didn’t look into her face. The wife and mother of three adopted children, Meggan said Lambesis’ behavior changed in the prior months. He had bullied her. He had become “dangerous.” Reading a prepared statement, she claimed her life “felt as fragile as a piece of paper that could float away at any moment.”

Meggan explained to the court that Lambesis texted her the day before his arrest asking for his children’s social security numbers: “He was tying up loose ends,” she said. She now believes he was fantasizing about killing her in advance, quoting a favorite line from the Arnold Schwarzenegger’s film Total Recall where he shoots his wife and says, “Consider that a divorce.” Meggan closed by requesting the maximum sentence and a lifetime restraining order.

Prosecutor Claudia Grasso added that Meggan Lambesis was inconvenient in Tim Lambesis’ “perfect rock star world.”

In hopes of leniency, defense attorney Warwick filed 200 pages of pleadings for the sentencing. Speaking next, Warwick explained that Lambesis has forever given up any future contact with the adopted children, per Meggan’s request. Blaming the trainer at the gym who gave Lambesis the steroids, Warwick called the man a drug dealer, claiming that “Tim’s aberrant behavior” would not have occurred if it were not for the steroids. Warwick claimed Lambesis put on 40 pounds and, with the steroids combined, “morphed” into a different person.

Struggling to speak, Tim Lambesis wept before he could look at his wife. Meggan stared steadily, fearlessly into his face. He said he could not verbally apologize before because of his restraining orders. “I do feel deep remorse. I want to thank you… for your prayers… in the midst of everything that I’ve done… that you have still have the heart that you do.”

Judge Armour pointed out that other men use steroids but do not plot to kill their wives, saying that it must be a “flaw of character” and “something twisted inside a character” to move into murderous thoughts. Even more disturbing to him was that the metal frontman wanted to use his children as an alibi.

Wearing a dark blue shirt and black tie, hair in a bun and red-faced, Lambesis stared at the judge as his verdict was read: six years in prison with 48 days credit for custody already served. The judge also confirmed Meggan and children would receive 10 years’ protection.

Meanwhile, Lambesis will return to court where he faces a civil suit from Meggan, who is looking for $2 million in the suit.

Lambesis was arrested on May 7, 2013, immediately after he handed cash and photographs of his wife, along with gate codes to her home, to a San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy posing as a fake hit man. Tim was in custody less than a month before bonding out on $2 million bail. He has been on house arrest for nine months, living in Carlsbad, California.

According to an anonymous post on the band’s website, As I Lay Dying is “sleeping rather than dead.” With none of the members claiming to have posted the note, the mysterious post outlines Lambesis’ future, saying, “In terms of music, Tim doesn’t want to pursue performing live music full time regardless of what length his sentence ends up being. His sentence certainly won’t be forever, but even so, touring full time doesn’t seem healthy or practical given his new outlook and goals. Creating new music is the part Tim loves most and he will always continue to release albums.”

Meanwhile, Lambesis’ former bandmates Jordan Mancino, Nick Hipa, Phil Sgrosso and Josh Gilbert announced last month they would release new music under the name Wovenwar, with vocal duties being handled by Oh, Sleeper’s Shane Blay. The band signed to Metal Blade Records with their first single “All Rise,” now available, and a self-titled debut album due for release this summer.

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theblackwidow 17th-May-2014 01:09 am (UTC)
SCUM! Rot in prison.
missjersey 17th-May-2014 01:09 am (UTC)
People are totally insane.

I think a rabbi a while back tried to do the same thing.

xtinkerbellax 17th-May-2014 01:29 am (UTC)
People are insane, IDK how anyone fully trusts someone tbh.
jmfunnyface 17th-May-2014 01:36 am (UTC)
Rabbi Neulander: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Neulander

My boss at the job I had when I was in high school was very good friends with Carol Neulander. Carol owned a bakery that was hugely popular in my town so pretty much everyone knew her.
hjalmartazar 17th-May-2014 01:40 am (UTC)
missjersey 17th-May-2014 04:02 pm (UTC)
God that's so sad :(
duckyduck92 17th-May-2014 01:11 am (UTC)
waiting for this to be a 48 hours mystery...even though this same plot has been played out like a dozen times on there
stormings 17th-May-2014 01:12 am (UTC)
Is it just me or is 6 years kind of short?
missjersey 17th-May-2014 01:12 am (UTC)
For attempting to have your wife murdered? Hell yeah it is.
mjfan4lyfe 17th-May-2014 01:15 am (UTC)
incredibly short.
bbsoccernona 17th-May-2014 01:16 am (UTC)
yeah he probably cut a deal to plead guilty for solicitation of murder instead of attempted murder which would probably carry a life sentence

solicitation of murder should carry a higher sentence too but california's dumb in that regard
chikntetrazzini 17th-May-2014 01:37 am (UTC)
He didn't.
freemywilly 17th-May-2014 01:20 am (UTC)
fuck yeah

this is insulting
arielcharming 17th-May-2014 01:29 am (UTC)
My reaction was "that's it?"

Fucking bullshit.
neverhft 17th-May-2014 01:37 am (UTC)
martymcfly85 17th-May-2014 01:54 am (UTC)
If it was a reversed scenario, the women probably would have gotten like 20.
wearescientists spoiler alert17th-May-2014 02:07 am (UTC)
he's white
alanadelrey 17th-May-2014 02:35 am (UTC)
xbenji65 17th-May-2014 11:12 am (UTC)
Yeah. Maybe it has to do with him hiring an undercover cop to do it.. instead of actually you know himself trying to kill her or hiring a legit hitman.
forgethissmile 17th-May-2014 11:41 am (UTC)
I wonder how many people are currently in jail for 6 years for some type of drug possession charge. Our country has its priorities skewed.
gpin2084 17th-May-2014 01:12 am (UTC)
Holy shit. That's fucked up.
wanderlost 17th-May-2014 01:14 am (UTC)
The judge ain't shit.

Six years in prison and 10 years protection? I hope for her sake this woman moves out of the country. He'll kill her if she doesn't.
alohayall 17th-May-2014 01:18 am (UTC)
seriously. he'll have six years to think about it daily and probably try it the day he walks out
forgethissmile 17th-May-2014 11:58 am (UTC)
It's such a common tale. And the police system essentially looks to the woman after the man gets out of prison and goes, "*shrug* You can call us if he's actually there, I guess. Otherwise he's your problem."
nicenicegirl 17th-May-2014 01:16 am (UTC)
ugh this world is just so fucked up. and 6 years?? that's it?? for attempted murder??
joshtin4lyfe 17th-May-2014 01:19 am (UTC)
that is some crazy bullshit! what a freak! and like 6 yrs is gonna do anything. he's gonna have time enough to perfect his plan now
fear_toxin 17th-May-2014 01:20 am (UTC)
bralesss 17th-May-2014 01:59 am (UTC)
forgethissmile 17th-May-2014 12:00 pm (UTC)
I'd honestly never be able to answer the door again, especially if he could hire someone was still locked away.
chilli_cheese 17th-May-2014 01:22 am (UTC)
wtf 6 yrs is too short. He'll go after her once he gets out.
a_perfect_shade 17th-May-2014 03:14 am (UTC)
mfte. how does this ruling protect her at all? jail is just going to embitter him and make him want to kill her more.
nene718 17th-May-2014 01:25 am (UTC)
the "justice" system never gives a fuck about women so
ilikeandrewbird 17th-May-2014 01:26 am (UTC)
Can someone explain why he did this? He just feels the steroids made him angry so he wanted to kill her?
kaidi 17th-May-2014 02:01 am (UTC)
seriously! how bad was this marriage that hiring a hit man even crosses one's mind?
crashh_world 17th-May-2014 02:15 am (UTC)
They were getting divorced and she was going to take a lot of his income and wouldn't let the kids go on tour with him.
forgethissmile 17th-May-2014 12:01 pm (UTC)
I can't recall a single case of 'roid rage where the abuser guy would coldly and calculatedly find someone to kill his wife.
electricknight 17th-May-2014 01:27 am (UTC)
Holy shit I had no idea this even happened.
treegrowth 17th-May-2014 01:28 am (UTC)
WTF only 6 years? holy shit i thought when you planned a murder you got WAYYYY more for that. like 15+ at minimum.
kaidi 17th-May-2014 02:02 am (UTC)
nah you can actually kill people and get less than 6. :(
forgethissmile 17th-May-2014 12:02 pm (UTC)
I honestly cannot with the prison system. It really makes you buy into the conspiracy that the prison system is just there to jail the people that the higher ups want jailed (like minorities and people who don't pay their taxes).
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