As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis Is Back After Prison: ‘I’m Entirely To Blame’

In a new interview with Blabbermouth, As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis opened up about his time in jail.

The frontman was out of jail two years after he pleaded guilty to attempting to kill his wife. During the recent interview, he was asked about his time in jail and what he went through there. Lambesis seems to be well aware of the consequences of his actions, as he says he is ‘entirely to blame.’ He explained:

“I wish there were a definitive moment that I could refer to. There’s part of the nature of being incarcerated. There is a part that will break you down no matter how strong you are. Then there’s a part within the human spirit that will figure out how to survive the most dehumanizing of life experiences. And then once you figure out how to survive that, there’s a certain confidence that you have, like, ‘Man, if I made it through this, everything else in life is just gratitude and easy.’ It was the result of my own mistakes and I totally understand why and how this happened—I’m entirely to blame.”

He then thoroughly shared his experience in jail with the interviewer:

“I went through some tough financial years and all that kind of stuff, but it didn’t stress me out. I was surrounded and living with guys who were released from incarceration with no family, friends or resources. I was trying to help them figure out how they were going to survive in the aftermath and if I was going to be released to a very supportive family. Even if I didn’t have the opportunity to play music, which I didn’t believe I would have at the time, I worked really hard to be very diversely educated to where I would be able to work a lot of different jobs. I just felt this sense of peace that everything would be okay and focused on gratitude going forward.”

Why Was Lambesis In Jail?

In February 2014, Lambesis entered a guilty plea for the charge of hiring a hitman to murder his wife. This came after he had confided in two individuals at a Southern California gym the year before, expressing his desire to ‘get rid of her.’ At the time, Lambesis’ marriage to Meggan was already undergoing a divorce process initiated by Meggan in 2012, citing ‘irreconcilable differences.’ The couple shared three children, all of whom were adopted from Ethiopia.

The supposed hitman turned out to be an undercover police officer. Despite pleading not guilty, Lambesis was out on a $2 million bond, having paid $160,000 to a bail bondsman. The frontman received house arrest serving two and a half years in prison.

Lambesis’ Release From Prison Was ‘Accidentally’ Revealed

In 2014, Lambesis began serving a six-year sentence following his arrest and subsequent conviction for solicitation of murder. Since then, Lambesis has maintained a low profile, occasionally posting on Father’s Day, selling his prison ID, and engaging in a controversial lawsuit over the development of ‘man-boobs’ in prison due to inadequate medication.

In 2017, Dokken guitarist George Lynch revealed that Lambesis was out of prison. Lynch, whose daughter was once involved with former As I Lay Dying guitarist Nick Hipa, shared this information during an interview with Eddie Trunk on ‘Trunk Nation.’

“He recently got out of jail. He destroyed his band. They don’t have a pot to piss in now; they’re all struggling. [They are] a great band. I know them very well because, actually, the guitar player was my daughter’s fiancé. And, actually, the drummer [Jordan Mancino] played in another project I had ways back, Souls Of We. So, 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 gonna skate through life.”

It was later confirmed by AltPress, who reached out to the California Department Of Corrections And Rehabilitation, that Lambesis was discharged on December 17, 2016.