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Metal band singer gets 6 years for murder plot

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The Associated Press

Tim Lambesis, lead singer of the metal band As I Lay Dying, is escorted by a San Diego sheriff’s deputy into Superior Court in Vista, Calif., on Thursday, May 9, 2013, for his arraignment on charges that he allegedly attempted to hire a hitman to kill his wife.

VISTA, Calif. — The lead singer of the band As I Lay Dying has been sentenced to six years in prison for plotting to kill his wife.

U-T San Diego reports 33-year-old Timothy Lambesis was sentenced Friday in San Diego County. He had pleaded guilty to soliciting murder.

Authorities say Lambesis hired an undercover sheriff's detective to kill Meggan Lambesis last year. The singer said she had restricted his visits with their children after a separation, and he also was angry that his wife would get a large share of his income in a divorce settlement.

His attorney said Lambesis acted out of character and the behavior was sparked by steroid use.

As I Lay Dying was formed in San Diego in 2000. The metal band was nominated for a Grammy in 2008.

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