Robert Brandon Langley

A Desha County man who was wounded last year in an exchange of gunfire with Desha County Sheriff Jim Snyder during an investigation into a series of vehicle thefts pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted capital murder of the sheriff, aggravated robbery, seven vehicle thefts, breaking and entering, and criminal mischief.

Robert Brandon Langley, 37, of Arkansas City, received two concurrent 28-year prison sentences for attempted capital murder and aggravated robbery and various sentences totaling 120 years for the vehicle thefts, breaking and entering, and criminal mischief. The sentences for the thefts, breaking and entering an criminal mischief will run concurrent with the 28-year sentence, effectively giving him a 28-year prison sentence, according to 10th Judicial District Deputy Prosecutor Crews Puryear.

Because he has a prior first-degree battery conviction, Langley will have to serve the full 28-year sentence, Puryear said.

The shooting occurred during the early morning hours of June 27, 2012 when Snyder received a call of a suspicious vehicle in the Back Gate community where there had been reports of vehicle thefts.

Snyder subsequently encountered the vehicle along State Highway 1 and following a short pursuit of the vehicle, as Snyder attempted to take the driver into custody, there was an exchange of gunfire.

Langley, the driver of the vehicle, was wounded and fled into a wooded area. He was later arrested in a nearby cornfield.

Snyder was not injured.

The aggravated robbery conviction stemmed from one of the vehicle thefts in which Langley pointed a firearm at the windshield of a truck occupied by a Desha County man and his 6-year-old son when a couple of men attempted to stop Langley from stealing a vehicle.