Update: It has been confirmed that As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis has been released from prison. According to Alternative Press, a representative for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation revealed that the singer was discharged on Dec. 17, 2016 to the Division of Adult Parole Operations.

Former As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis may have been released early from prison. According to onetime Dokken guitarist George Lynch, whose daughter was once engaged to As I Lay Dying’s Nick Hipa, Lambesis “recently got out of jail.”

Lambesis was arrested in 2013 for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife. On Feb. 25, 2014, Lambesis pled guilty to the charge and was sentenced to six years in prison. Eligibility for parole can differ on a state-to-state basis, but inmates can become eligible after serving as little as one-third of their sentence. Since Lambesis has served three years, he could have possibly been granted parole at a hearing.

George Lynch’s claim came from an interview with Eddie Trunk. "[Lambesis] just got out of jail for attempting to kill his wife,” Lynch said. “Now I'm not saying this as an indictment against anything. All I'm saying is, there is a guy who could argue Christianity beyond anybody I've ever spoken to in my life; I had these very heated debates with this guy… He had a beautiful wife; they had adopted three Cambodian children. And then he discovered cocaine, strippers, heroin and steroids. He went completely off the rails, abandoned his family, his wife threatened to divorce him, he hired an off-duty cop to kill her."

Lynch continues, “He recently got out of jail. He destroyed his band. They don't have a pot to piss in now; they're all struggling. [They are] a great band. I know them very well because, actually, the guitar player was my daughter's fiancé. And, actually, the drummer [Jordan Mancino] played in another project I had ways back, Souls of We. So, anyways, he's out, he's got a mega record deal, he's got a book deal, everything's lined up for him. I mean, he's gonna skate through life. Everybody else is suffering. His wife is living in fear, his children are living in fear. His band doesn't have a pot to piss in.”

Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.

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