February 25, 2014


As I Lay Dying Singer Pleads Guilty to Hiring Hitman to Kill Wife

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Joey Foley/Getty Images

Nine months after pleading not guilty to hiring an undercover cop to kill his wife, Tim Lambesis changed his plea in court on Tuesday. The metal singer now faces nine years in prison.

The frontman of Christian metalcore band As I Lay Dying admitted he attempted to pay a hitman $1,000 to kill his wife, providing an undercover officer with his estranged wife's address, security codes and information about her schedule.

According to NBC San Diego, Lambesis felt his soon-to-be-divorced wife was taking too much of his income and wanted her out of the picture. He was also angry she wouldn't allow their children (ages 4, 8 and 10) to go on tour with him.  

Although Lambesis fronted a Christian metal band, in recent years he found himself at odds with his faith. While under house arrest during his trial, Lambesis admitted he no longer believed in God. His lawyers attempted to blame his actions on 'roid rage, arguing his "thought processes were devastatingly affected by his steroid use."

Strangely enough, Fuse interviewed Lambesis about his side project, Austrian Death Metal, two months before his arrest last year. You can watch Lambesis explain how Arnold Schwarzenegger and body-building influenced his (permanently-on-hold) side project Austrian Death Machine here.