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Tylerite gets more than 15 years for murder plot, arson scheme

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 1:24pm

A Tyler man convicted of attempted arson and a murder for hire plot was sentenced to federal prison Thursday.

Edward Jacobs, 43, of Tyler, who is also the owner of a local methadone clinic, pleaded guilty to charges of attempted arson and solicitation of murder for hire back on December 18, 2012.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis sentenced Jacobs to 188 months in prison.

According to court documents, on March 19, 2012, the convict gave Daniel Kubisty $3,000 to burn down the Add-Life Recovery Center, a methadone clinic located in a building on the 3300 block of E. Fifth Street in Tyler.

Jacobs and Kubisty planned to burn down the clinic to gain an advantage for the Methadone Clinic of East Texas, which was owned by Jacobs.

On March 19, 2012, Kubisty was arrested in Tyler by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and was with a gasoline can that had a saturated gasoline wick coming from its neck in the back of his truck.

Following Kubisty’s arrest, Jacobs was afraid Kubisty would testify against him in court. To prevent this from happening, on June 1, 2012, he attempted to meet with a man he thought could be hired to murder Kubisty to prevent his testimony.

During the arranged meeting, Jacobs offered to pay the hit-man $12,000 for Kubisty’s murder. ATF was listening to the meeting and arrested Jacobs at the scene.

Kubisty pleaded guilty to attempted arson on Jan. 19, 2013, and is awaiting sentencing.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.


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