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Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying Pleads Guilty to Plotting Murder

On Tuesday, Tim Lambesis, lead singer of the metalcore band As I Lay Dying, entered a guilty plea to the charge of solicitation for murder in a Vista, California courthouse, after previously denying the charge, Rolling Stone reports.

Lambesis was initially arrested in San Diego in May 2013 after allegedly handing $1000 to an undercover police officer posing as a hit man named “Red”, along with directions to his estranged wife Meggan’s home and the gate code for entry.  According to the prosecutor in the case, the singer clearly confirmed to the agent that he wanted his wife dead: “Yes, that’s exactly what I want.”  He also reportedly promised $20,000 in payment for the completed act.

Before Lambesis’ arrest, he had allegedly been complaining to his personal trainer that his wife of eight years was complicating the divorce proceedings, expressing concerns in her divorce filings about his ability to care for their children. When the singer allegedly expressed his desire to have her eliminated, the trainer went to police, and a sting operation was arranged.

At his initial arraignment, Lambesis pled not guilty to the charges, and was released on $2 million bail. His lawyer later stated that the singer had been using steroids as part of a body building regimen, and that the steroids had “devastatingly affected” his thought processes.

As I Lay Dying is a Grammy-nominated metalcore band whose 2012 album Awakened peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard charts.  The group is known for their Christian beliefs, although Lambesis himself has suggested that he no longer subscribes to Christianity.

The singer now faces up to 9 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

(Photo: kamphuisgijs/Flickr/Wikimedia)

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Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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