In May 2014, a San Diego judge sentenced Tim Lambesis to a six-year prison sentence, reduced from a potential nine years, for offering a man $20,000 to murder his estranged wife, with whom he shares three adopted children. The murder was not attempted; Lambesis pled guilty.
Today, Alternative Press reports that the 36-year-old vocalist of metalcore act As I Lay Dying has been "discharged to the Division of Adult Parole Operations." Alt Press got official confirmation after hearing ex–Dokken guitarist George Lynch speak on Eddie Trunk's Show:
"He went completely off the rails. Abandoned his family, his wife threatened to divorce him. He recently got out of jail. Destroyed his band. They don't have a pot to piss in now—they're all struggling. Anyways, he's out. He's got a mega-record deal. He's got a book deal. Everything's lined up for him. I mean he's going to skate through life. Everybody else is suffering. His wife is living in fear. His children are living in fear."
In Lambesis' sentence, his wife and children were given 10 years of protection. The musician was denied a reduced sentence two months later.
Lambesis made news in September 2016 for filing a lawsuit seeking $35.5 million in "general and punitive damages" from three medical professionals at the San Diego County Sheriff Department’s Vista Detention Facility and George F. Bailey Detention Facility. The suit alleges that shortly after beginning his sentence, Lambesis was denied a steroid-withdrawal medication for 10 days. During that period he, per first-person text from the suit, "attained gynecomastic maturation, that is, fully formed male mammaries."
"The terror I felt at this moment of confirmed maturation has left me traumatized indefinitely. Without further recourse, knowing the situation hopeless; I could not help but test the painful sensitivity of my fully formed breasts with hardened hurtful nipples, I examined my body compulsively, frantically."
Later, he continues:
"By the time I enjoyed my right to adequate medical care—while incarcerated—the damage was done. I now suffer the adverse adornment of fully formed breasts, respectively, upon my physique—that is, a permanent gynecomastic constitution. To date, the pain and ultra-sensitivity associated with my, now, male mammaries remains. Worst of, all is the anxiety and depression I experience just knowing, feeling, seeing, the protuberances that are my male breasts.
As I am a stage performer by profession, much of my act is based upon the visual stimulus of audience perception—i.e., as a front man of leading rockstardom, my continued success is contingent upon my projecting a favorable physical image, Now, with the advent of these unsightly breasts, my music career shall undoubtedly suffer monetarily."
After Lambesis entered his guilty plea, As I Lay Dying announced a new vocalist and their future plans. They ended the statement with this:
"His sentence certainly won't be forever. But even so, touring full time doesn't seem healthy or practical given his new outlook and goals. Creating new music is the part Tim loves most and he will always continue to release albums."