The sentencing of Tim Lambesis for soliciting a hit man to kill his wife was delayed two weeks, from this morning, May 2, until May 16.
The As I Lay Dying frontman and admitted would-be-assassin only spoke one word to the judge today, “Yeah,” when he confirmed that he would show up on the future date.
Lambesis pleaded guilty to a single felony charge, solicitation of murder, last February. The maximum possible sentence is nine years, according to the prosecutor, Claudia Grasso.
On the day of sentencing, it is expected that the family of the victim, wife Meggan, will speak to the court.
Lambesis solicited the assassination of his wife from a trainer at a gym called Pure Fitness, located in Carlsbad. That trainer turned him down but then contacted police, who set up a sting. The fake hit man allegedly asked a fee of $20,000.
Lambesis was arrested at a bookstore in Oceanside on May 7, 2013, after he handed an envelope to an undercover agent containing photos of his wife, cash, and gate codes to her condo.
Meggan Lambesis had filed divorce paperwork eight months earlier. Tim allegedly complained she would not let him take the kids on tour with him and that she was spending all the money on divorce attorneys.
Tim Lambesis, now 33, was in custody 24 days before posting $2 million bail. He has been at liberty for almost a year, on house arrest, wearing a GPS monitor.
Lambesis’s lawyers have suggested that his behavior changed after he began taking steroids at the gym.
Tim Lambesis is next due in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse on May 16.