As I Lay Dying singer sentenced in murder plot

As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis was sentenced to six years in jail on Friday (May 16th) in a San Diego Superior Courtroom for his role in a murder-for-hire plot to kill his wife.

According to, the singer was facing a maximum of nine years for the charge, but received six with a credit of 48 days for his time already served.

In February 2014, the singer plead guilty to the felony charge of soliciting the murder.

The singer’s ex-bandmates Nick Hipa, Phil Sgrosso and Josh Gilbert were in the courtroom when the sentencing was handed down with more than 80 supporters packing the gallery.

Meggan’s father, Mike Murphy, was the first to speak to the court and claimed the family still feared Meggan’s assassination, “We know that prison is a great alibi for someone who wants to complete the deed.”

Murphy wrapped by requesting the maximum nine year sentence and stating,  “[Tim] was only worried about the money. Tim is only sorry he got caught.”

Meggan and her mother also spoke with Meggan requesting the maximum sentence and a lifetime restraining order claiming that her life “felt as fragile as a piece of paper that could float away at any moment.”

Defense attorney Tom Warwick filed a 200 page plead for sentencing in hopes of leniency. Warwick told the court that per Meggan’s request, Lambesis has forever given up any future contact with the adopted children. Warwick also blamed Lambesis’ “aberrant behavior” on the steroids given to Lambesis by a gym trainer Warwick called a drug dealer.

“We know that prison is a great alibi for someone who wants to complete the deed.”

Lambesis also spoke, weeping before looking at his wife, who stared steadily back, stating he could not apologize in person due to the 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.”

The judge assurred Meggan that she and  the children would receive ten years protection.

In May 2013, Lambesis was arrested and charged with three federal counts — one count of solicitation to commit murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit crime — after the San Diego based singer 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 hitman. He bonded out at $2 million less than a month of being in custody and has been on house arrest for nine months in Carlsbad, CA.

Lambesis is a founding member of As I Lay Dying, which was formed in San Diego in 2000. The band has released six albums, including 2007’s An Ocean Between Us, which reached Number 8 on Billboard’s charts. The band was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2008, and their last album, Awakened, came out in September 2012 on Metal Blade Records.

Lambesis’ former bandmates Jordan Mancino, Nick Hipa, Phil Sgrosso and Josh Gilbert announced in April 2014 that they have signed to Metal Blade Records and would release new music under the name Wovenwar, with vocalist Shane Blay of Oh Sleeper. The band’s their first single, “All Rise,” is now available, and a self-titled debut album is due for release sometime this summer.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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