The frontman of Grammy-nominated heavy metal Christian band As I Lay Dying, Timothy Lambesis, has admitted attempting to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife.
Timothy Lambesis, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation of murder in Vista Superior Court in California.
The father-of-three was arrested in May last year after giving an undercover agent money and gate codes to kill his estranged wife, Meggan Lambesis.
The rocker wanted Meggan dead because she would receive up to 60 percent of his income and would not allow their three young children to join him on tour.
Lambesis is looking at nine years in teh slammer as a result of his plea deal when he is sentenced on May 2. He is out on $2 million bail.
According to court documents, Meggan Lambesis filed for divorce in September 2012 to end their eight-year marriage. Meggan Lambesis claimed the rocker had become “obsessed with bodybuilding” and was distracted when watching the children.
Last year, Tim Lambesis allegedly told a personal trainer at his gym, Brett Kimball, that he wanted to get rid of his wife. Kimball testified, “He wanted to know if maybe I could find someone to do it for him”.
Police began an investigation in April following the tip-off.
Lambesis was recorded telling an undercover agent that he wanted his wife killed. The undercover agent, San Diego County Sheriff’s Officer Howard Bradley, testified last year that Lambesis met him at an Oceanside bookstore in May and said he wanted his wife “gone”.
Bradley said he asked Lambesis point-blank if he wanted his wife killed, and the singer replied, “Yes, I do”.
Lambesis said his wife had restricted his visits with their children aged four, eight and 10, adopted from Ethiopia, after they separated in September 2012.
He was angry that Meggan Lambesis would get a large share of his income in a divorce settlement.
Lambesis provided the undercover agent with an envelope containing $1,000 cash for expenses, his wife’s address and gate codes, pictures of her and specific dates when he would have the children to give him an alibi.
As I Lay Dying formed in San Diego in 2000 and has released six albums, including 2007’s An Ocean Between Us, which reached No. 8 on Billboard’s charts.
Their single “Nothing Left” was nominated for a Grammy for top metal performance.
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