Last Friday in San Diego, As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis was sentenced to six years in prison for a murder-for-hire plot he devised against his wife in May 2013. While he initially blamed his overuse of steroids, this past February he pleaded guilty.
In a massive new interview with the Alternative Press, Lambesis said that he's ready to do his time. "Emotionally, I’m prepared for the prison time," Lambesis said. "But when my physical sentence is over, how long will the rest of it follow me? People who love me tell me I will overcome these feelings. I can still have a good life. But the emotional sentence will be never ending. At least I feel like it will never end. My girlfriend, my parents, they’ve said it 1,000 times. They say it will end. Maybe I need to hear it 100,000 times before I will believe it."
Lambesis was caught after his steroid dealer sold him out to an undercover cop who posed as a hitman. Alternative Press interview also details that fateful day.
"He tells me to meet him at Barnes & Noble," Lambesis recalled. "I walk in, and there's this biker-looking dude. Clearly, it was Red. He gives me the 'what’s up?' and I gave him the 'what’s up?' and then we’re just walking in one of the aisles, just talking. He’s asking me these really direct questions. 'What is it you want me to help you with? What is it you want?' I was just like, 'Man, I want my ex-wife gone.'"
Lambesis will received a 48-day credit for time already served. And as he notes in the interview, he may only serve "50 percent of the time" with good behavior thanks to a controversial new California law. So the actual time he stands to be in prison could be less than three years. His recording future is obviously up in the air, but he does note that he's been working on a lot of music.
"In most societies through recent human history, I could have gotten a lot worse," he said. "I’m thankful. The change that needs to happen within me, whether I serve six days or six years, has begun."