Following months of claiming his innocence in a then-alleged attempted murder plot against his wife, As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis has now plead guilty to the charge and is facing up to nine years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
NBC San Diego reports that the change of plea came in a California court room today (February 25), where Lambesis admitted that he had in fact sought out a hitman to murder his estranged wife, Meggan Lambesis.
The metal musician had initially been arrested over the incident last May and was released on bail in July. It had been reported at the time that Lambesis had solicited an undercover cop to plot the killing, which the vocalist had later denied. The court case also had prosecutors claiming that Lambesis approached a gym trainer to ask if he knew of a hitman who could kill his wife.
"He wanted to know if maybe I could find someone to do it for him," personal trainer Brett Kimball had testified at a pretrial hearing.
Lambesis later allegedly gave an undercover agent $1,000 in cash, as well as his wife's address and home security codes, and specified which days he would be taking care of his children to give himself an alibi.
It was revealed in court that Lambesis had wanted to have his wife murdered because their divorce would leave her with 60 percent of his income, as well as because she did not want their three children to go on tour with him. Divorce documents also revealed that Meggan Lambesis was concerned that Lambesis had become "obsessed with bodybuilding."