As I Lay Dying’s former lead vocalist and frontman Tim Lambesis has been sentenced to six years in jail for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife, Meggan. He pleaded guilty to the charges on February 25 in a San Diego court. The musician was arrested in May 2013, after officers foiled his plot to murder his former spouse. The rocker received his sentence on Friday, May 16 in San Diego Superior Court.

Multiple reports confirm that Lambesis was (is?) obsessed with bodybuilding and additional reports also suggest that steroid abuse has led to his unstable behavior. He thought it best to “remove” his estranged wife, and decided to meet with a sheriff’s deputy posing as a hit man and handed over $1,000 with his wife’s address and front door security code. Lambesis’ attorney Tom Warwick argued that steroids abuse contributed to his “aberrant behavior”, but the judge said that it wasn’t the steroids, but a “flaw of character.”

Tim Lambesis

Tim Lambesis

According to, Meggan’s father Mike Murphy claimed that the family still fears Meggan’s assassination, stating:

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

“He was only worried about the money. Tim is only sorry he got caught.”

Meggan’s mother said Lambesis is an abusive husband who regarded Meggan as “a mere inconvenience to this narcissistic child.” Meggan Lambesis (now Murphy), told the judge:

“My name used to be Meggan Lambesis. Up until two years ago, my life was entirely devoted to that man”.

She added that Tim had become “dangerous” and that she “felt as fragile as a piece of paper that could float away at any moment.”

His bandmates Nick Hipa, Phil Sgrosso and Josh Gilbert were also present as Judge Carlos Armour announced the sentencing.

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