May 202014

Nick HipaAs I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis — who will spend six years in prison after being sentenced last Friday (May 16) for hiring a hit man to kill his estranged wife, Meggan — spoke to about the case, his troubled marriage and his future in music. During the long interview, he slammed his bandmates for allegedly cutting off communication with him and not being there for him when he needed them the most.

As I Lay Dying guitarist Nick Hipa, who was identified by Lambesis in the chat as one of the two people from the group that contacted the singer following his arrest, posted a length statement yesterday (Monday, May 19) via his Facebook page in an effort to give his side of the story and stand up for his bandmates. His statement follows below in its entirety.

“Last Friday I sat in a courtroom to support a friend. For the better part of a decade our professional and personal lives were woven in a relationship akin to family. As if family, the intention of my attendance was to publicly acknowledge the deep care and compassion I hold for this individual. Continue reading »

May 172014

AsILayDying-TimLambesis-TalksAs I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis — who will spend six years in prison after being sentenced earlier yesterday (Friday, May 16) for hiring a hit man to kill his estranged wife, Meggan — spoke to about the case, his troubled marriage and his future in music.

Asked how things get so bad between him and his wife that he would even entertain the idea of her death, Tim said: “After our separation, I was only allowed to see the kids twice a week. And it had to be somewhere Meggan could sit in the distance and literally watch me watch the kids… It was frustrating to have my time with the kids limited and controlled. But I figured we’d get through it eventually. But it went on so long, by the time we had a judge make a ruling on custody, the kids viewed me as an outsider. It was like I was somebody that just visited them… Once I became like an outsider, like, this visitor, I was… They called me ‘Dad.’ But they weren’t really sure the role I was supposed to play in their lives. Not because I didn’t want to play a greater role, but because they thought that Mom took care of them and Dad was just some random guy at that point, and this was after awhile of me having this really controlled schedule. I told the social worker that was preparing us for the courts how frustrating that was, that I really needed more time with the kids, immediately. The social worker seemed to reassure me that I would get more time with them, eventually. Meggan wanted 100 percent custody. She was really honest about that. If it were up to her, I’d have nothing to do with them. She told me a few times she wished I was dead. Continue reading »

May 162014

TIM_COURTAs I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis was given a six-year prison sentence without probation for his role in a murder-for-hire plot.

Lambesis, 33, pleaded guilty in February to hiring a hit man to kill his estranged wife, Meggan. The singer’s attorney offered no stipulated plea deal, which means the judge had the freedom to apply whatever sentence he determines appropriate, with a maximum of 9 years in state prison plus 4 years parole after release.

Prosecutors alleged Lambesis had twice told a man at a gym that he wanted his wife killed, then met with an undercover detective known as “Red”, and gave the agent an envelope containing $1,000 in cash, photographs of his wife, and the security gate code to her house. He also allegedly told the agent the dates he would be with the couple’s three adopted children, in order to give himself an alibi.

A number of witnesses testified for the prosecution during a September 2013 hearing, including the undercover officer who posed as a hitman. The officer explained that Lambesis told him, “Just to clarify, just so you know, I do want her dead.” Continue reading »

May 022014

Tim_Lambesis_in_court_May_2_2014_photo_by_Bob_Weatherston_3_t670_1_t670According to the San Diego Reader, the sentencing of As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis, for hiring a hit man to kill his wife was delayed two weeks, from this morning, May 2, until May 16.

Tim Lambesis 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.

Tim Lambesis pleaded guilty to his role in a murder-for-hire plot.

Lambesis, 32, entered the change of plea in court Tuesday  [feb. 25], admitting that he hired a hit man to kill his estranged wife.

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Apr 212014

Wovenwar logoJordan Mancino (drums), Nick Hipa (guitar), Phil Sgrosso (guitar) and Josh Gilbert (bass) of San Diego, California-based metal act As I Lay Dying have teamed up with vocalist Shane Blay (previously lead guitar/clean vocals in Oh Sleeper) to create the new band Wovenwar. Over approximately the last year, the band completed work on new material recorded with producer Bill Stevenson (Descendents, Black Flag) with mixing duties currently being handled by Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Machine Head, Trivium).

Fans can now get their first full listen of Wovenwar’s debut single, ‘All Rise‘. While not the final mastered version, the song is a proper representation of what’s to come when Wovenwar‘s self-titled debut, set to drop late summer.. The song can be streamed below. Continue reading »