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As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis comments on 2014 attempted murder conviction

By | Published on Tuesday 19 December 2017

Tim Lambesis / As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying frontman (and currently the metal band’s sole member) Tim Lambesis has issued a lengthy statement on his conviction for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his wife.

As previously reported, Lambesis was imprisoned in 2014, after admitting that he had asked a man, who turned out to be an undercover police officer, to kill his estranged wife. He was sentenced to six years in prison, but released on parole last December.

Although the other members of the band quit following Lambesis’ conviction, in June this year a message appeared on the band’s Facebook page saying “activity”, suggesting that the project will continue in some form.

“Words cannot begin to express how deeply sorry I am for the hurt that I have caused”, he begins his new statement. “There is no defence for what I did, and I look back on the person I became with as much disdain as many of you likely do”.

He goes on to apologise to his wife and the couple’s children – whom he then commits to never publicly discuss again – and to his wider family, as well as those he was associated with through music, and his fans.

As for his future plans, he says: “I cannot say for certain what life looks like going forward as so much is different now and I’m still learning. Music always has and always will be a part of me, and has helped me get through the darkest parts of my journey. However, this apology is not a part of promoting anything. Rumours circulate, and that’s something I’ve learned to accept, but this apology is just that, an apology to everyone around me”.

His statement now, he adds, comes as his probation period ends, meaning he is no longer under any restrictions from the court.