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As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis sentenced for murder-for-hire plot

As I Lay Dying lead singer Tim Lambesis has been sentenced to six years in prison for his involvement in a murder-for-hire plot targeting his estranged wife, Meggan. The musician had already pleaded guilty in February for soliciting an undercover cop to murder his wife of eight years and the mother of their three adopted children. The sentencing includes a 48-day credit for time already served. Three of Lambesis’ bandmates, Nick Hipa, Phil Sgrosso, and Josh Gilbert, were among the 80-plus people in attendance at the sentencing.

According to Meggan, who spoke at the sentencing, Lambesis had shown odd behavior in the months prior to his arrest in May 2013, including asking his wife for their children’s Social Security numbers the day before he was taken into custody. Lambesis has been on house arrest leading up to the sentencing and is still involved in a $2 million civil lawsuit filed by Meggan.

As I Lay Dying singer admits seeking wife's murder

The lead singer of Grammy-nominated metal band As I Lay Dying has pleaded guilty to trying to hire someone to kill his estranged wife.

Timothy Lambesis pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation of murder Tuesday in Vista Superior Court, near San Diego. He remains free on bond until his sentencing, which is set for May 2.

Prosecutors say the 32-year-old singer was recorded telling an undercover agent that he wanted his wife killed. He allegedly told a man at his gym that she was making it difficult for him to see their children and impossible to complete their divorce.

As I Lay Dying formed in San Diego in 2000 and has released six albums, including 2007’s “An Ocean Between Us,” which reached No. 8 on Billboard‘s charts.

As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis to stand trial in murder-for-hire plot

The frontman of the Grammy-nominated metal band As I Lay Dying will stand trial on a charge of trying to hire someone to kill his estranged wife, a judge in San Diego ruled Monday.

The decision came after a preliminary hearing for Timothy Lambesis that featured several hours of testimony by prosecution witnesses, including an undercover officer who said he posed as a hitman named “Red” and met with the singer.

San Diego County sheriff’s Officer Howard Bradley testified that Lambesis met him at a book store in May in Oceanside and told him he wanted his wife “gone.”

Bradley told the court he asked Lambesis directly if he wanted his wife killed, and the singer replied, “‘Yes, I do.'”

Lambesis said his wife, Meggan Lambesis, had restricted his visits with their three adopted children after they were separated in September, Bradley recalled, adding he was also angry because she was going to get a chunk of his income in a divorce settlement.

Bradley said Lambesis told him at the end of their meeting, “‘just to clarify, just so you know, I do want her dead.'”
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As I Lay Dying's lead singer arrested in murder-for-hire scheme

The lead singer of Grammy-nominated heavy metal band As I Lay Dying was arrested Tuesday in Southern California as authorities said he tried to hire an undercover detective to kill his estranged wife.

Tim Lambesis, 32, was arrested at a retail business in Oceanside, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

The statement said detectives received information Thursday that Lambesis had solicited someone to kill his wife, who lives in nearby Encinitas. A task force from several law enforcement agencies quickly launched an investigation that led to the arrest. READ FULL STORY

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