The sentence--which is down from the nine years he originally faced for his guilty plea--offers some closure to his wife, Meggan Lambesis, and their three adopted children, who will receive ten years of protection in the wake of the trial. In February, Lambesis had changed his plea to guilty when he revealed that he had, in fact, offered a hit man $1,000 to kill his wife, and supplied private details regarding her whereabouts, including the security codes to her gated home, in the process.
In an emotional statement before the court in San Diego, Meggan's father, Mike Murphy, mentioned that her family still fears for the safety of Meggan and their children: “We know that prison is a great alibi for someone who wants to complete the deed.” Lambesis broke down before sentencing, saying that he felt "deep remorse" and that he couldn't apologize previously for fear of violating the restraining order in place. "I want to thank you… for your prayers… in the midst of everything that I’ve done… that you have still have the heart that you do.”
Three members of As I Lay Dying--Nick Hipa, Phil Sgrosso and Josh GIlbert--attended Lambesis' sentencing. Lambesis will return to court to face Meggan and a $2 Million civil suit at a later date.
As far as his musical career, Lambesis' plans post-prison are uncertain. As I Lay Dying released a statement back in April detailing their plans and future in the wake of Lambesis' trial, and are proceeding with a new project, Wovenwar, with Shane Blay of Oh, Sleeper on vocals.