Tim Lambesis, the frontman for metalcore band As I Lay Dying, has been released from prison, Alternative Press reports. In 2014 Lambesis was convicted for his role in a murder-for-hire plot to kill his estranged wife, Meggan Lambesis. Former Dokken guitarist George Lynch revealed the news of Lambesis' early release in an interview that surfaced on Thursday.
Lambesis was discharged on December 17th to the Division of Adult Parole Operations, Alternative Press confirmed with a rep from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
In May 2014 Lambesis was sentenced to six years in prison following his arrest a year prior. He pleaded guilty to soliciting an undercover police officer to murder his wife of eight years; they share three adopted children. He reportedly gave an undercover detective $1000 and provided instructions for the murder. Prior to the murder plot, his wife had asked a San Diego Superior Court to dissolve their marriage. It's unclear why Lambesis' sentence was cut short from the original ruling.
Former Dokken guitarist George Lynch discussed Lambesis' release during an interview on Eddie Trunk's Show that surfaced on Thursday. While speaking about his religious debates with Lambesis, he remarked, "He just got out of jail for attempting to kill his wife."
Lynch went on to contrast Lambesis' initial strong arguments for Christianity with his subsequent destructive behavior. "Now I'm not saying this is an indictment against anything. All I'm saying is there's a guy who could argue Christianity beyond anyone I've ever spoken to in my life," Lynch said. Later he explained, "And then he discovered cocaine, strippers, heroin, steroids – went completely off the rails, abandoned his family, his wife threatened to divorce him." Lynch added that Lambesis' actions "destroyed his band."
"He's out, he's got a mega record deal, he's got a book deal, everything's lined up for him," Lynch concluded. "I mean, he's going to skate through life. Everybody else is suffering. His wife is living in fear, his children are living in fear. His band doesn't have a pot to piss in."