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As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis Breaks His Silence After Completing Prison Sentence

Written by Tom Williams on December 18, 2017

As I Lay Dying‘s founding frontman Tim Lambesis has issued a new apology after completing his sentence for hiring a hitman to kill his then wife.

In a statement posted to the As I Lay Dying Facebook page, Lambesis says he has now completed “all parole/probation requirements” following his release from prison in February, after being convicted for his role in the murder-for-hire plot.

In his statement, which you can read in full below, Lambesis apologises to his family, friends and fans for his past actions, saying, “I was the sole offender and the only one to blame for everything that happened.

“To the people who looked up to me as an artist, I let you down in so many ways. I tried to show my best side to the public, while feeding an ugly growing monster behind closed doors. I wrote lyrics about the person I wanted to be rather than the person that I was. I was living a life that lacked empathy and viewed everything through a self-motivated lens.”

Addressing his future, Lambesis says he’s uncertain what lies ahead, but says “music always has and always will be a part of me”.

“However, this apology is not a part of promoting anything,” he says. “Rumors circulate, and that’s something I’ve learned to accept, but this apology is just that, an apology to everyone around me.

“Let it be clear that no amount of time served can right my wrongs. I do not feel deserving of a second chance and am not asking for anyone’s trust. The way many people feel about me makes sense, and only time will tell if my future actions line up with my remorse, something I pray for every day.

“In the last five years, the ripple effect of all my actions has extended further than a written statement can address. Thus, I will continue to apologize in both words and actions moving forward.”

Lambesis was originally sentenced to six years in prison, after being arrested in 2013. He pleaded guilty to soliciting an undercover police officer to murder his wife of eight years, with whom he shared three adopted children.

In September this year it also looked like As I Lay Dying might be planning a comeback with Lambesis, and today’s statement on their Facebook page adds further fuel to those rumours.

Read Tim Lambesis’ latest statement in full, below.

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Tim Lambesis Statement

Words cannot begin to express how deeply sorry I am for the hurt that I have caused. There is no defense for what I did, and I look back on the person I became with as much disdain as many of you likely do.

First, I apologize to my former wife and remarkable children for my appalling actions. There’s not a single day that goes by where I don’t wish I could undo the damage I caused, and out of respect for their wishes I will not discuss anything else about them (now or in the future). I also ask anyone reading this to promote healing for them by respecting their privacy and defending them from any negativity or anger which should be directed towards me. I was the sole offender and the only one to blame for everything that happened.

To my family, I apologize for the trauma you faced and may still feel. This is an ongoing sentence many of you serve because of me. I am so sorry to my friends who were betrayed by everything I hid from them and all the hardships I caused people who used to work with me. Band mates, road crew, managers, attorneys, agents, label people, and more all had to suffer through many unexpected changes because of my actions. While they were dealing with the aftermath of my arrest, I responded toward many of them with bitterness that I should have directed toward myself. I know that I can’t undo the animosity I brought their way, but I hope to mend what I can now as time goes on.

To the people who looked up to me as an artist, I let you down in so many ways. I tried to show my best side to the public, while feeding an ugly growing monster behind closed doors. I wrote lyrics about the person I wanted to be rather than the person that I was. I was living a life that lacked empathy and viewed everything through a self-motivated lens.

I cannot say for certain what life looks like going forward as so much is different now and I’m still learning. Music always has and always will be a part of me, and has helped me get through the darkest parts of my journey. However, this apology is not a part of promoting anything. Rumors circulate, and that’s something I’ve learned to accept, but this apology is just that, an apology to everyone around me.

I’ve remained silent to the public since expressing remorse at my sentencing because time seemed like the best way to promote healing. Today marks the first opportunity to freely apologize without any motivation to gain favor from the courts, as I have now completed the entirety of my legal sentence (including the completion of all parole/probation requirements). Let it be clear that no amount of time served can right my wrongs. I do not feel deserving of a second chance and am not asking for anyone’s trust. The way many people feel about me makes sense, and only time will tell if my future actions line up with my remorse, something I pray for every day. In the last five years, the ripple effect of all my actions has extended further than a written statement can address. Thus, I will continue to apologize in both words and actions moving forward.

Thank you for reading,
Tim

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