He was sentenced in a San Diego court yesterday (May 16) after pleading guilty to paying a police officer posing as a hitman $1,000 (£630) to kill his wife Meggan Lambesis, as well as giving over pictures of her and gate codes to their home.
The Guardian reports that Lambesis’ former bandmates Nick Hipa, Phil Sgrosso and Josh Gilbert were present in the courtroom to hear the sentencing, as was Meggan Lambesis’ father Mike Murphy, who said to the court that the family were still concerned that she had her children were at risk. Judge Carlos Armour offered Meggan and her children 10 years’ protection.
Lambesis spoke at the sentencing, commenting: “I do feel deep remorse. I want to thank you. For her prayers, which proves you still have the heart that you do.”
As I Lay Dying formed in San Diego in 2000 and released six albums, including 2007’s ‘An Ocean Between Us’, which reached Number Eight on Billboard’s charts. A single from the album, ‘Nothing Left’, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Metal Performance.