Clinic owner guilty in at­tempted ar­son

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - From wire re­ports

The owner of an East Texas methadone clinic has pleaded guilty to try­ing to have a com­peti­tor’s busi­ness torched and then seek­ing to have a code­fen­dant killed.

Pros­e­cu­tors in Tyler say 43-year-old Ed­wards Ja­cobs on Tues­day pleaded guilty to at­tempted ar­son and mur­der-for-hire so­lic­i­ta­tion. No sen­tenc­ing date was set for Ja­cobs, who faces up to 20 years in prison on each count.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors say Ja­cobs in March gave Daniel Ku­bisty about $3,000 to burn a com­peti­tor’s clinic. Of­fi­cers ar­rested Ku­bisty and seized a gas can with a sat­u­rated wick.

Ja­cobs and Ku­bisty were in­dicted in June on at­tempted ar­son and con­spir­acy to com­mit ar­son charges.

Au­thor­i­ties al­lege Ja­cobs then tried to hire some­one to kill Ku­bisty to block his tes­ti­mony.

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