As I Lay Dying guitarist Nick Hipa has issued to a response to statements made by the band’s disgraced frontman Tim Lambesis — who was sentenced to six years in prison on murder-for-hire charges last week — in an interview published by Alternative Press shortly after his sentencing.
In the interview, Lambesis attributed much of his behaviour, including the hiring of an undercover police officer to begin work on a murder-for-hire plot, to a hormonal imbalance caused by steroid abuse, and criticises his AILD bandmates in various ways, including for an alleged lack of support.
Hipa opens his statement, which was posted to his personal Facebook page, by explaining that he attended Lambesis’ sentencing to support the frontman’s estranged wife, Meggan. “I watched as she searched for the strength to behold her transgressor for the first time in over a year,” he writes.
Hipa then details how Lambesis’ statements to AltPress and the “excuse” of steroids were in fact shot down in court by the prosecution and the judge. “I followed as the prosecution reminded the court of an intricately calculated series of actions occurring over the course of many weeks. A scheme which involved using her children to secure gate codes for a would-be assassin.”
“A Judge highlighted how many men use steroids but do not plot to murder innocent women, and for someone to move towards such action reveals something twisted within their character. He continued to point out that a willingness to involve children… is deeply disturbing and reprehensible.”
Hipa condemns Lambesis’ “facade of a penitent man with renewed outlook, restored faith, and apparent remorse” as “a fairly appalling agenda to further damage the lives and reputations of his non-supporters,” slamming him for a lack of contrition and the “slander” of his bandmates.
“The prosecution of this case profiled him as a sociopathic narcissist in definite need of rehabilitation. For those of us who truly know the man for who he is, it’s shameful that in spite of all, he is still as he ever was and just as they say,” the Wovenwar guitarist solemnly concludes.