Tyler man pleads guilty to attempted arson, attempting to hire a hitman
POSTED: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 3:07pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 3:10pm
Tyler, TX — U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced, 43-year old, Edward Jacobs plead guilty today in court to the felony offenses of attempted arson and attempting to hire a hitman.
Jacobs, a methadone clinic owner, pled guilty to attempting to burn down a competing clinic building and then plotting to murder his co-conspirator after realizing they might testify against him.
Jacobs admitted he gave Daniel Kubisty approximately $3,000 to burn down the "Add-Life Recovery Center" methadone clinic located at 3322 E. Fifth Street in Tyler. Jacobs and Kubisty were indicted on June 6, 2012 and charged with Attempted Arson and Conspiracy to Commit Arson.
Jacobs also admitted he arranged a meeting with a man he believed he could hire to murder Kubisty in order to prevent Kubisty from testifying against him. ATF was monitoring the meeting and after Jacobs offered the man $12,000 to kill Kubisty he was arrested at the scene. Jacobs was charged with Witness Tampering, Murder for Hire, Solicitation of Murder for Hire, and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence.
Jacobs is facing five to twenty years in prison and a $250,000.00 fine for the attempted arson and up to twenty years in prison and a $125,000 fine for solicitation of murder for hire.