In a San Diego courtroom Friday, Tim Lambesis, frontman of the metalcore band As I Lay Dying, was officially sentenced to six years in prison for attempting to murder his estranged wife Meggan, Radio.com reports. The singer entered a guilty plea to the charge back in February of this year. The sentence is three years less than the possible maximum of nine years, and includes credit for 48 days already served.
Lambesis had previously denied the charge, then in tandem with his guilty plea, his legal defense was based on the claim that steroid use for bodybuilding had affected his judgment. Judge Carlos Armour, who handed down the sentence, rebuffed that argument, saying that many men take steroids without venturing into murderous thoughts. The judge offered 10 years’ protection to Meggan and her family in response to her father’s claims during the hearing that they still feared for their lives despite the sentencing.
Lambesis still faces a civil lawsuit of $2 million filed by his estranged wife.
The future of As I Lay Dying is in question; meanwhile, the other bandmates have formed a new band called Wovenwear, which plans to debut new music over the summer. Three bandmates were present at the sentencing.