Arizona Man Sentenced for Stabbing in Iraq

Assault occurred while defendant and victim worked as defense contractors

PHOENIX (LAWFUEL) – Aaron Bridges Langston, 32, of Snowflake, Ariz., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Earl H. Carroll to 26 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for stabbing another contractor while working in Iraq.

Langston was employed by Kellogg Brown and Root, a contractor of the Department of Defense providing logistical support to the U.S. military at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. On February 15, 2007, Langston stabbed an Indian national, another contractor whom Langston supervised, in the throat. Although Langston nicked the victim’s jugular vein, the victim recovered from his injuries.

Because he is an Arizona resident, a federal judge ordered that Langston be returned from Iraq to face charges here in federal court. Langston pleaded guilty on October 7, 2008, to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. The investigation in this case was conducted by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. The prosecution was handled by Raynette Logan, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.


RELEASE NUMBER: 2009-105(Langston)

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