Tim Lambesis Sentenced to Six Years in Jail: 'I Wasn't Angry or Vengeful, I Was Just Hurting'

Singer's wife and children to receive 10-year protection.

Tim Lambesis Sentenced to Six Years in Jail: 'I Wasn't Angry or Vengeful, I Was Just Hurting'
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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.

AsĀ 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.

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    guitar/bass95
    I'd be extremely upset if I'd have children and were losing them, but killing their mother would hardly help their lives.
    mikehawkbaby
    only thing getting killed is gonna be timmys a hole once mike hawk is done with it....tick tok baby
    BwareDWare94
    Yeah, folks--read the goddamn interview. The way Tim was caught was pure entrapment. A police informant [b]planted the seed so the likelihood is that Tim never would have even thought of the idea. And the informant harassed Tim repeatedly to talk about the idea. Tim wasn't reaching out to the "Brett" character at all. While it's shameful for Tim to even consider the possibility, I'm flat out tired of the tactics we allow our police and their informants to use, in this country. You don't plant seeds and then harass law-abiding citizens (at the time) until they either tell you to **** off or decide to follow through. Tim never would have considered such drastic tactics without "Brett", his harassment, and the chemical affect steroids had on his mind. He made some mistakes, he deserves some time, but there's no denying that he got ****ed over and set up. It wouldn't surprise me in the least of Meggan's father actually had something to do with the whole situation. As for Meggan, I'm glad she's alive and none of this came to fruition, but just because Tim did something stupid, it doesn't justify the shit she was putting him through. Hopefully the day comes when being a **** is a crime, and I'm not stating that as "****" being a gender specific term. There are ****s among both sexes and I wish we could do something about it.
    lemmyisgod97
    "And it had to be somewhere Meggan could sit in the distance and literally watch me watch the kids" Jeez, I wonder why.
    sotp
    What? Arnold just took over this orchestra, did he ***** stutter? EVERYBODY CHILL
    iommi600
    "Meggan wanted 100 percent custody," Should have taken it to the court, not to the nearest contract killer, mate.
    TheLiberation
    I definitely agree with the judgement that what he did deserves punishment and the way he actually planned it is plain terrifying - but now this is out of the way and he has his deserved conviction, the second thing to be discussed should be how ****ed up the child custody laws are, and as far as I know this is a thing in pretty much the entire "western culture", so not only Murika but also most of Europe. I remember one of the earlier articles about him quoted how ridiculously stupid were the rights she was trying to get from him with a high chance of actually getting them. At least one good thing should be made of Lambesis' stupid actions and someone should finally start debating this.
    iommi600
    I agree completely. Child custody laws around here (England, in my case) are a joke as well, I'm sure it's not only a Murika thing.
    Izzy-Sweet
    "I was just hurting" So clearly the answer is murder...
    the_bi99man
    Exactly. Seriously, does anyone else think the "I was just hurting" comment actually makes it even worse? If he were "angry or vengeful", then attempting to have her killed would at least make some degree of sense, in a twisted kind of way. But he was "just hurting" about possibly losing his kids, and thought the answer was to kill their mother? Dude is both insane and retarded. Good that he's out of society. Should be permanently.
    bdof
    Fucking knew it. I knew this was the angle all along. I sympathize with him.....women/mothers that want to force fathers completely out of their children's lives, and then want full child support, are some of the lousiest people on earth.
    bdof
    To reiterate, I don't support trying to put a damn hit out on your wife. Killing the children's mother is WAY more ****ed up. As the great Chris Rock once said "I don't condone it.....but I understand!"
    cemerson2012
    Having known someone who toured with ALID and met Tim on numerous occasions, he was nowhere near the person he was before. Also having a knowledge of biology and physiological chemistry, his description of his state during his testosterone usage is spot on (not roid rage, but certainly not the yardstick for level headed behavior). I now have a better understanding of the situation and can sympathize to a degree, he is owning his choices and is willing to face his mistakes. But soliciting murder is should not be taken lightly and he has to pay the piper so to speak. I'm glad I read it, I think it will give the fans (and myself) a bit of closure.
    BwareDWare94
    It gives me closure to know that he never would have considered it if a police informant hadn't planted the seed and then harassed him into it.There's no way her family wasn't involved in that. No way.
    cemerson2012
    There is no evidence of that, Tim does not portray Meggan as that kind of person, if anyone would (whether it was true or not) it would be Tim. I dont believe that theory for one second.
    Inconsol8Guitar
    I highly recommend reading the ENTIRE article from AltPress... And give Tim a chance guys, sounds like he's done a 180.
    Deltast0rm
    It's easy to be remorseful when you know you've got 3-6 years ahead of you in prison. At the end of the day, he made the decision to kill his ex-wife, the only difference being that he got caught. If he didn't, "give Tim a chance guys" would sound very different. His intention is all the same.
    fiend1476
    I whole-heartedly agree. Just finished it, it while it may be a long read, it is very enlightening.
    Inconsol8Guitar
    Nick and Josh released some comments on their Facebook pages about the article/sentencing... My mind can't take it anymore!
    LeperDog
    ok.
    Inconsol8Guitar
    If you read Nick's statement, it contradicts Tim's. When you think something's over and then something else gets added. Both good reads. Just this whole thing has been crazy.
    Jyrgen
    Excellent read. I like the part where he describes the Christian music industry with one in 10 bands actually being Christian lol. Have to remember that this is the opinion of one guy only, but it is a very interesting read.
    sotp
    No more As I Lay Crying, no more girly-man with the long hair and colorful tattoos. NOW I AM IN CHARGE OF THIS ORCHESTRA
    mnoonan33
    Seems contradictory how his initial defense was that he was in a state of 'roid rage' but now that he's proven guilty, he 'wasn't angry.'
    danRock222
    He still has a chance to impact the world in a better way and prison can actually change people for the better....I still believe in Tim
    BwareDWare94
    What kills me is the amount of people who hear one or two details to a multi-layered situation and come up with perspectives that justify all the wrongs that Tim faced during this entire process, from the beginning of his divorce until now. Convicted or not, you can't justify shady tactics. I mean, I get it if we're talking about a terrorist group or a mass murderer, something along those lines, but this has to be different for just about everybody or we're slowly going to lose our rights in this society. Our privacy is already gone due to technological advancements. Don't let law enforcement get out of hand, too.