Singer Finally Apologizes For Hiring A Hitman To Kill His Wife Four Years Ago

One California metalcore band suffered from some negative publicity a few years ago when one of their founders and lead singers was arrested. He tried to hire a hitman to kill his wife and was arrested in 2013. He's back now, apologizing for his past mistakes and hoping to move forward on a better foot.

As I Lay Dying first got notice on the music scene with their fourth studio album, 'An Ocean Between Us', hitting number 8 on the Billboard 200, and the album went to number one on the Top Rock chart. Their fifth album, 'The Powerless Rise', released in 2010 gained critical acclaim. The band and founder/lead singer Tim Lambesis looked like they had a great future ahead of them.

Unfortunately, the good times came to a halt when Lambesis was arrested in Oceanside, California. The singer attempted to hire a hit man to murder Meggan Murphy Lambesis, his estranged wife. He approached someone at the gym and asked if that person knew anyone who would be willing to kill his wife.

The person reported the request to the authorities, and a meeting was arranged with an undercover detective. Lambesis offered to pay $20,000 to the officer to murder his wife of eight years.

Lambesis was arrested on May 9, 2013 and pled not guilty to felony charges of solicitation of murder. He changed his plea to 'guilty' the following year and was sentenced to six years in jail. In 2016 he was released.

While on parole, Lambesis couldn't talk about the case. Now that his parole is complete, he took to the As I Lay Dying Facebook page to write a lengthy open letter.

“Words cannot begin to express how deeply sorry I am for the hurt that I have caused. There is no defense for what I did, and I look back on the person I became with as much disdain as many of you likely do," he wrote.

Lambesis apologized to his former wife and their children for his 'appalling actions', expressing remorse for his behavior. He also apologized to his own family, as well as everyone he worked with at the time.

"This is an ongoing sentence many of you serve because of me. I am so sorry to my friends who were betrayed by everything I hid from them and all the hardships I caused people who used to work with me. Bandmates, road crew, managers, attorneys, agents, label people, and more all had to suffer through many unexpected changes because of my actions," he says.

"To the people who looked up to me as an artist, I let you down in so many ways," he added, claiming his lyrics were about the person he wanted to be instead of who he actually was. "I was living a life that lacked empathy and viewed everything through a self-motivated lens."

At this point, Lambesis doesn't know where his life is headed, but he hopes music will be a part of it. He reiterated his apology, claiming he held off on it because he couldn't publicly speak about his case until now.

"Let it be clear that no amount of time served can right my wrongs," the singer concluded.

"I do not feel deserving of a second chance and am not asking for anyone’s trust. The way many people feel about me makes sense, and only time will tell if my future actions line up with my remorse, something I pray for every day. In the last five years, the ripple effect of all my actions has extended further than a written statement can address. Thus, I will continue to apologize in both words and actions moving forward."

Source: Uproxx
Photo: Wikimedia Commons, YouTube

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