There were rumors that a plea bargain was on the way in the Tim Lambesis trial, and turns out the rumors are true.
According to NBC San Diego, Lambesis entered a change of plea and admitted to attempting to hire a hitman to murder his wife. He will be charged with one count of solicitation of another to commit murder and conspiracy to commit a crime, a felony! According to a court clerk, Lambesis will reportedly serve serve the maximum 9 years in prison.
Update: Lambgoat is reporting that Lambesis might serve less than 9 years. Nine years and a $10,000 penalty is the maximum sentence. The final decision will be made by Judge Carlos Armour on May 2nd during his sentencing hearing. Lambgoat also reported that the parents and brother of Lambesis' estranged wife, Meggan, were present and according to the prosector "obviously relieved."
Last week, detailed accounts of court transcripts surfaced and it looked like the prosecution had a solid case against Lambesis.
Lambesis was was arrested on May 7th, 2013 for attempting to hire a hitman to murder his wife. The supposed hitman ended up being an undercover cop. Lambesis, who pleaded not guilty, is currently out on $2 million bond after paying $160,000 to a bail bondsman. Lambesis has been on house arrest since release, with few exceptions.
This is a breaking story and we will be updating this story as it develops. Read our previous coverage here.
Lambgoat was able to capture a photo of Lambesis in court today:
The trial was named one the most controversial moments in metal on our recent Countdown:
Recently, Tim Lambesis' side project Austrian Death Machine announced an April release of Triple Brutal, a crowd-funded album that will not be able to fulfill some of the perks. Lambesis' band have kept relatively quiet, but a recent interview with guitarist Nick Hipa certainly dropped some hints.