Back in February, we reported that Tim Lambesis, the lead singer for As I Lay Dying, pleaded guilty to charges of hiring someone to murder his estranged wife, Meggan. Earlier today (May 16). he learned his fate in a San Diego Superior Court. reports that Lambesis was sentenced to six years in prison -- three years less than the maximum -- by Judge Carlos Armour. His bandmates, Nick Hipa, Phil Sgrosso and Josh Gilbert, were in attendance, as were more than 36 people wearing yellow felt hearts as a sign of support for his wife.

After the sentencing, Alternative Press published a lengthy interview that they conducted with Lambesis, which are the only public comments he has given on the subject. "I will say that whether I serve three days or three years," he said. "The lessons have been learned. At this point, it's just satisfying the public, my ex-wife and her family with a certain amount of punishment. It won’t make anybody feel better, but we all live under the illusion that punishing people makes us feel better. That’s for the judge to decide, you know, how much punishment will make society feel that I was punished."

For all the coldness of those remarks, he nonetheless understands that he must face the consequences of his actions. "I'll always feel like I deserve longer," he continued. "But honestly, the true sentence started well before my arrest. The true punishment was losing my kids and eventually, losing them for good was my own doing. Losing them on an emotional level long before my sentencing was my doing. That’s the sentence I will have the hardest time enduring."