Tim Lambesis

Grammy Nominated Rocker Pleads Guilty to Hiring Hitman to Kill Wife

Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying performs at the second annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards April 8, 2010,  Photo / AP February 25, 2014 — 2:55pm

Tim Lambesis, the lead singer of a San Diego-based heavy-metal band, pleaded guilty Tuesday to solicitation of murder in violation of Cal. Pen. Code § 653f(b).

Lambesis, 32, faces a maximum sentence of nine years and a $10,000 fine.

The rocker, known for his hardcore screaming vocals, was arrested after he reportedly gave an undercover agent $1,000 cash in an envelope with instructions on how to kill his wife. The envelope also contained her photograph, address and security gate code, as well as dates he would be with their three adopted children to give him an alibi, according to a prosecutor.

Authorities set up a sting when Lambesis told a man at his gym on April 23rd that his wife was making it difficult for him to see their children and complete their divorce, and he wanted her killed.

Lambesis met the undercover agent, who went by the alias “Red,” on May 7th. The agent asked Lambesis if he wanted his wife of eight years gone, and the defendant replied, “I don’t want to see her ever again.” When specifically asked, “Do you want her dead?” He said, “Yes, that’s exactly what I want,” the prosecutor said.

A sentencing date has not been set.

Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial

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