As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis is out of prison after being incarcerated in 2014 for conspiracy to commit murder.
When AP reached out to the California Department Of Corrections And Rehabilitation to find out if Lambesis was still confined in a California prison, a representative confirmed that he was discharged Dec. 17, 2016. He was discharged to the Division of Adult Parole Operations.
Reports about Lambesis’ release surfaced today following an interview on Eddie Trunk’s Show from the Monsters Of Rock Cruise. In that interview, George Lynch (former Dokken guitarist) discussed his relationship with Lambesis, mentioning: “He just got out of jail for attempting to kill his wife.”
According to someone familiar with the story, back in 2013, Lambesis asked a person at the gym if they knew any hitmen. That person from the gym then called the police, who then set up a sting. Lambesis was arrested after giving an undercover officer an envelope with pictures of his wife of eight years, her address, alarm codes and $1000.
Lynch goes on to say that Lambesis and his wife adopted three children. He falsely said the children are from Cambodia, but they are actually from Ethiopia. He then talks about how Lambesis spiraled into drugs and strippers.
“He went completely off the rails,” Lynch says. “Abandoned his family, his wife threatened to divorce him.”
Back in 2014, AP had a world exclusive interview with Lambesis days before he was sentenced to six years in prison.
“He recently got out of jail,” Lynch repeats. “Destroyed his band. They don’t have a pot to piss in now—they’re all struggling.”
He continues: “Anyways, he’s out. He’s got a mega-record deal. He’s got a book deal. Everything’s lined up for him. I mean he’s going to skate through life.
“Everybody else is suffering. His wife is living in fear. His children are living in fear.”
Listen to the interview below.
That world exclusive with AP interview explains:
“San Diego police alleged the cofounder and frontman for As I Lay Dying had tried to put out a “hit” on his estranged wife, Meggan Murphy Lambesis. Suddenly, a band once cherished as elder statesmen in the New Wave Of American Metalcore (guitarists Nick Hipa and Phil Sgrosso, bassist Josh Gilbert and drummer/cofounder Jordan Mancino) became notorious for all the wrong reasons. A “murder-for-hire” plot involving a “Grammy-nominated Christian metal singer” seemed straight out of a bad TV movie, with everyone from Good Morning America to Nancy Grace weighing in.”
The postscript explains:
“In a defense memo to the judge that became public after sentencing, attorneys Thomas Warwick and Karen Oakman requested Lambesis be given probation. The memo also revealed the final terms of the family court case. Tim acquiesced to Meggan’s requests, which included losing his children permanently, agreeing to a 10-year restraining order, giving her full ownership of his life insurance policy, taking full responsibility for any tax liabilities, turning over any cash that was seized from his home and surrendering the almost $250,000 remaining in trust accounts. Tim’s parents, Nick and Vicki, also gave into Meggan’s demand that they give up all rights as grandparents.”
In July 2014, Lambesis reportedly asked for reduced sentencing. He was slated to return to court to see if the time spent on house arrest would count as credits towards his prison term. He then denied that request.
As I Lay Dying formed in 2000 by founding member Lambesis. The first full lineup was cemented in 2001. Before 2013, the band released six records.
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