As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis has officially been sentenced to six years in prison with no probation for hiring a hitman to murder his estranged wife Meggan.
As Blabbermouth reports, Tim's bandmates were present during sentencing, while the judge also confirmed that the vocalist's wife and three adopted children from Ethiopia will receive a 10-year protection.
The sentencing has ended a year-long case, seeing that Lambesis was initially arrested back in May 2013. He was facing up to nine years behind bars, plus four years parole.
During an exclusive Alt Press interview, Tim discussed his entire story in great detail, noting that the reason behind having murder thoughts came from the fact that he was losing grip over his children during the divorce process.
"After our separation, I was only allowed to see the kids twice a week. And it had to be somewhere Meggan could sit in the distance and literally watch me watch the kids," he said.
"Meggan wanted 100 percent custody," Tim added. "She was really honest about that. If it were up to her, I'd have nothing to do with them. She told me a few times she wished I was dead. Those are not unique thoughts for me to have. She felt those things toward me, too. Not that she would have ever taken it to the level that I did. But when she said those things, I thought, 'She's going to try to push me out of their lives. I need to get more time with the kids.'"
Adding how he felt that courts couldn't help him in any way, Lambesis noted, "I wasn't an angry or vengeful person, I was just hurting. In trying to describe the emotions that eventually led to the conversations I had prior to my arrest, it definitely wasn't like ... I mean, I wasn't like screaming her name, or like swearing ... I wasn't angry."
Saying that no matter what the sentence would turn out to be, the singer said he managed to find somewhat of an inner peace about it, adding, "The judge has three options to choose from: three years, six years or nine. The way the credits work in California, you serve 50 percent of that time. So it's actually one and a half years, three years or four and-a-half years."
If you're interested in Tim's side of the story, make sure to check out the full chat here.