As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis was sentenced to six years in prison on Friday in Vista, California, for attempting to hire a hitman to murder his then estranged wife, Meggan Murphy. Lambesis was arrested last May. The “hitman” Lambesis approached for the plot to murder turned out to be an undercover police officer from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
During the sentencing hearing on Friday, Noisey reports that Lambesis addressed Murphy. “I do want to apologize, and I do feel a deep sense of remorse.” He added, “In the midst of all the heartache, you still find the strength to pray for me, and I’m thankful for that.”
“After our separation, I was only allowed to see the kids twice a week,” he told Alternative Press. “And it had to be somewhere Meggan could sit in the distance and literally watch me watch the kids.”
Lambesis also discussed preparing for prison. “I know what it’s like getting ready for a long tour. The problem is, this isn’t a long tour,” he said. “Career wise, and as a father, I don’t even want to depend on getting in a van or on a bus to make a living. I need to have a backup plan. It’s hard to prepare without knowing how long I’ll be inside.”
An upcoming not-for-profit documentary is also planned on Lambesis’ story, he told Alternative Press.