Reporting by Eva Knott
Former As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis was back in court this morning to have his prison sentence reduced by the amount of time he was our on bail wearing a GPS monitor and restricted to his parents’ home — but was ultimately denied.
Looking pale and grim with arms cuffed behind his back, Lambesis looked on as his defense attorney argued that his year with limited movement — only allowed trips to his attorneys’ office and medical appointments and to the bank — should count as time served. Prosecutor Claudia Grasso countered, “He’s not entitled to credits.”
Judge Carlos Armour stated the law is clear, that credits only apply to inmates held in lieu of bail; he described Lambesis’ status as electronic surveillance while out on bail. “The GPS monitor was a condition of bail,” and so he was technically not on house arrest, the judge determined. According to statements in court, Lambesis was privately monitored, not by the sheriff who controls those in custody in San Diego County. Additionally, the judge denied the requested custody credits.
The session began with a review of the trial’s basic information. Lambesis was sentenced to six years in prison on May 16. He was arrested on May 7, 2013, the same day he handed an enveloped full of evidence (money and photos of his family) to an undercover agent posing as a hitman. Lambesis was in the middle of a divorce with his wife of eight years, who has since reverted to her maiden name, Meggan Murphy.
Lambesis spent less than one month in jail, then bailed out and submitted to a list of conditions of bail including surrendering his passport and wearing a GPS monitor and severely limited movements. On his sentencing date last May, he was led away in cuffs.
The singer was most recently being housed at the George Baily Detention Center Facility in San Diego.
Returning to this morning to preside over the San Diego North Country Superior Courtroom was Judge Armour, who heard the case and handed down Lambesis sentencing. Absent from the courtroom was Lambesis’ his friends, former bandmates or Murphy. Her parents, however, were present.
Lambesis was accompanied only an associate of his defense attorney.