A Grammy-nominated heavy metal Christian rocker confessed his biggest sin Tuesday, telling a California court he tried to have his estranged wife murdered.
Tim Lambesis, the 32-year-old lead singer of the band As I Lay Dying, could face up to nine years in prison for asking a personal trainer at his gym last April to off Meggan Lambesis.
“He wanted to know if maybe I could find someone to do it for him,” the trainer, Brett Kimball, testified at a pretrial hearing, KNSB-TV reported.
Kimball tipped off cops, who sent an undercover to meet with the heavily tattooed, long-haired rocker from Carlsbad, Calif.
Lambesis met the undercover, San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy Howard Bradley, and handed over $1,000 cash for expenses, as well as his wife’s address, including gate codes and pictures of her.
He even gave the undercover the times of day the couple’s three adopted kids would be with him so no one would suspect the rocker had committed the crime.
Lambesis worried his wife would take more than half of his income during a messy divorce and refused to let him bring their children, whom they adopted from Ethiopia, on tour with him.
He eagerly agreed to pay the hitman $20,000 to do the deed, KNSB reported.
“Just to clarify, just so you know, I do want her dead,” Lambesis told Kimball as he sent the “assassin” on his way.
Cops later arrested Lambesis in a sting operation.
The couple spent eight years married before Meggan Lambesis filed for divorce in September 2012. She claimed in divorce papers that the rocker had become “obsessed with bodybuilding,” spent thousands of dollars getting inked up and paid little attention when the children were around.
Cops found steroids in a search of his home after police arrested the metal-head.
He’s out on $2 million bond as he awaits sentencing May 2.
The band had recently returned from a tour in Asia shortly before his arrest.
The long-haired singer’s band, formed in 2000, has released six albums.
The band’s biggest hit was “An Ocean Between Us” which soared to No. 8 on the Billboard charts in 2007.