Well, this is surprising. It seems as though As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis is a free man once again. In 2014, Lambesis started serving a six-year sentence after he was arrested and eventually convicted of solicitation of murder for attempting to hire a hitman to murder his now ex-wife. Lambesis has kept a low-profile except for the occasional Father's Day tweet, selling his prison ID and his controversial lawsuit over developing man-boobs in prison due to not being given proper medication.
Now, according to Dokken guitarist George Lynch, Lambesis is a free man. Lynch's daughter was once in a relationship with former As I Lay Dying guitarist Nick Hipa, and during an interview with Eddie Trunk on "Trunk Nation," Lynch revealed that Lambesis has recently been released:
"[Tim] is a Biola-trained theologian. The guy's really super bright. He had an IQ of 160; the guy had a brain like a freaking vice.
"I had every freaking argument out there, and he just was able to really kind of battle every argument, 'cause he had every counter-argument prepared in his mind; he had studied so hard. And as silly as his argument was, and as much as it didn't really hold water when you thought about it — it was all fallacious arguments — but…
"Anyways, he just got out of jail for attempting to kill his wife. Now I'm not saying this as an indictment against anything. All I'm saying is, there is a guy who could argue Christianity beyond anybody I've ever spoken to in my life; I had these very heated debates with this guy… He had a beautiful wife; they had adopted three Cambodian children. And then he discovered cocaine, strippers, heroin and steroids. He went completely off the rails, abandoned his family, his wife threatened to divorce him, he hired an off-duty cop to kill her.
"He recently got out of jail. He destroyed his band. They don't have a pot to piss in now; they're all struggling. [They are] a great band. I know them very well because, actually, the guitar player was my daughter's fiancé. And, actually, the drummer [Jordan Mancino] played in another project I had ways back, Souls Of We. So, anyways, he's out, he's got a mega record deal, he's got a book deal, everything's lined up for him. I mean, he's gonna 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."
We are working to confirm this is indeed the case. A search of the San Diego inmate directory shows that nobody with the name "Tim Lambesis" is currently in custody. This same search would come up positive a few years ago, but it should be taken with a grain of salt.
If true, Lambesis would've served less than three years on a six year sentence. No word on if Lambesis will start recording again, but I assume that to be the case seeing as though the dude had all of his savings taken away from him.
Update: AltPress reached out the California Department Of Corrections And Rehabilitation and a representative confirmed Lambesis was "discharged Dec. 17, 2016. He was discharged to the Division of Adult Parole Operations."
Update 2: Lambesis is scheduled to get married again in April. Details here.