An airman accused of conspiring to kill a fellow airman’s ex fiancee was convicted Thursday of conspiracy to commit premeditated murder and aggravated arson.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Elijah Langhorne was acquitted of the most serious offense — attempted premeditated murder. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of wrongful use and distribution of anabolic steroids. The court-martial marks the first attempted murder trial the base has seen in at least a decade.
Langhorne was sentenced to 12 years in prison, reduced in rank to airman basic and dishonorably discharged.
Langhorne and another airman, Staff Sgt. Steven Bailey, are accused of conspiring to kill Bailey’s ex-fiancee, Megan Conrad, of Jones. Bailey testified he hired Langhorne to kill Conrad because Bailey wanted custody of the ex-couple’s daughter, Sawyer Bailey.
Bailey’s court-martial is scheduled to begin in January.