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As I Lay Dying frontman pleads guilty to hiring a hitman to kill his wife

By | Published on Friday 28 February 2014

Tim Lambesis

Tim Lambesis, the lead singer of Christian metal group As I Lay Dying, has pleaded guilty to attempting to hire a hitman to murder his estranged wife.

Having originally pleaded not guilty to the crime, Lambesis has seemingly reached a plea deal with prosecutors which will likely result in a nine year prison term. The frontman remains free on $2 million bail for the time being, with formal sentencing due to take place on 2 May.

As previously reported, the man Lambesis thought was a hitman, and who he asked to kill his wife, was actually an undercover police officer. Court papers reveal that the rocker originally asked his personal trainer at his gym if he knew anyone who could murder his wife, with whom he was involved in a custody battle over their three adopted children. The trainer reported Lambesis to the police, who arranged for the undercover cop to meet with the singer.

Despite Lambesis originally pleading not guilty, his lawyer subsequently stated that his client had been using steroids at the time of the hitman query, and that the drugs had “dangerously altered his thinking”.