As I Lay Dying Singer Tim Lambesis Pleads Guilty in Plot to Murder Wife

Celebrity News Feb. 26, 2014 AT 2:00PM
Tim Lambesis As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis pleaded guilty in plotting to murder his estranged wife, Meggan Lambesis. Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Tim Lambesis has changed his mind . . . he's guilty. After initially entering a not guilty plea back in September, the As I Lay Dying singer pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Feb. 25, confessing that he plotted to have his estranged wife, Meggan Lambesis, murdered, the Associated Press reports.

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Lambesis, 33, was arrested in May 2013 following a sting operation after he allegedly told a personal trainer at his gym that he wanted to kill his wife. San Diego County Sheriff's Officer Howard Bradley went undercover and testified last year that Lambesis told him he wanted his wife "gone" when they met at a bookstore in May.

Bradley claimed that the metal rocker told him at the end of their meeting, "'Just to clarify, just so you know, I do want her dead.'"

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After his arrest, Lambesis pleaded not guilty at his arraignment.

Lambesis reportedly told the agent that his estranged wife had restricted his visits with their three adopted children after the couple split in September 2012. He also allegedly said he was angry that Meggan would get a large share of his income in a divorce.

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The musician is free on $2 million until his sentencing on May 2, in Vista Superior Court near San Diego, Calif. He faces a nine-year jail sentence and $10,000 fine.

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