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Portsmouth Man Sentenced in Murder-for-Hire Plot

May 18, 2011

NORFOLK, Va. – Larry Lingenfelter, 40, of Portsmouth, Va., was sentenced today in Norfolk federal court to 27½ years in prison on murder-for-hire charges.  Lingenfelter was convicted on February 1, 2011 by a Norfolk federal jury of plotting the murder of his ex-wife. 

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Lingenfelter was sentenced by United States District Judge Raymond A. Jackson.

Lingenfelter was indicted on Sept. 22, 2010, on three counts relating to his scheme to murder his ex-wife in order to avoid paying child support and to obtain custody of his triplet daughters.  According to court records and evidence at trial, Lingenfelter hired his childhood friend Joseph Frampton to kill his ex-wife, the mother of his young triplet daughters.  The agreement was for Lingenfelter to pay Frampton for committing the murder through inflated invoices for home improvement work done to Lingenfelter’s Portsmouth home.  From March until June of 2010, the pair sought opportunities in Virginia and Texas for Frampton to commit the murder.  Twice, Lingenfelter provided money to Frampton to travel to Texas to kill the mother who was serving in the United States Army at Ft. Hood.  After the six-day trial, Lingenfelter was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire and two counts of murder-for hire.  Today, he was sentenced to more than nine years for each count, to be served consecutively.

Joseph Frampton pled guilty to murder-for-hire on Nov. 4, 2010 and was sentenced on Feb. 9, 2011 to six years and eight months in prison.

            This case was investigated by the Norfolk office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Portsmouth, Virginia and Harker Heights, Texas police departments.  Assistant United States Attorney Stephen Haynie and Special Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Fitzwater prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

            A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on




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