Yesterday, we were all thrown for a loop by George Lynch when the former Dokken guitarist told Eddie Trunk that As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis was out of prison. Lynch’s daughter had been engaged to Wovenwar and former AILD guitarist Nick Hipa, and told Trunk said that he’d just gotten out. Lambesis was sentenced to six years in jail for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife, Meggan. Alternative Press reached out to the Califonia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and found out that he’d been released on December 17th of last year. He was handed over to the Division of Adult Parole Operations, which could mean he’s still on house arrest.
According to Lynch, Lambesis has a “mega-record deal” and a book deal. It’s kind of questionable whether Lambesis has a “mega record deal,” and if so what that even means. The record industry has changed significantly even since Lambesis went to jail in 2014, and there might be a lot of musicians that wouldn’t want to work with someone that attempted to have his wife killed, even if he was the voice of one of metalcore’s most popular bands. A book deal makes more sense. If he’s on house arrest, that gives him plenty of time to write about what happened. While it’s questionable if he still identifies as a Christian, if he does, this could be a profitable endeavor for him as he explains how he hit rock bottom in prison. It practically writes itself. We’ve reached out to Metal Blade to see if he’s still signed to the label and will update if we hear more.