Man pleads guilty to arson attempt, murder for hire
A 43-year-old Tyler meth-adone clinic owner pleaded guilty to attempting to burn down a building occupied by a competing clinic, and then plotting to kill his co-conspirator after learning he might testify against him, according to a news release from the Eastern District of Texas.
Edward Jacobs, 43, made the plea on Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judith Guth-rie's court to the felony offenses of attempted arson and solicitation of murder for hire, the release states.
Jacobs admitted that on March 19, he gave Daniel Kubisty about $3,000 to burn down a building in the 3300 block of East Fifth Street in Tyler, occupied at the time by the Add-Life Recovery Center methadone clinic, the release states.
Jacobs and Kubisty were indicted June 6 and charged with attempted arson and conspiracy to commit arson. The indictment alleged Jacobs and Kubisty conspired to burn down the building in order to gain a competitive advantage for the Methadone Clinic of East Texas, which also had an office in Tyler.
On March 19, Kubisty was arrested in Tyler by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and was found with a gasoline can with a wick saturated in gasoline protruding from its neck in the back of Kubisty's truck, according to the release.
Jacobs also admitted that on June 1, he arranged a meeting with a man he believed he could hire to kill Kubisty to prevent him from testifying against himself in a federal arson case. What Jacobs didn't know was the "hit man" he hired was cooperating with the ATF, the release stated.
During the meeting, Jacobs offered to pay the cooperating witness $12,000 for Kubisty's murder, according to the release. ATF was monitoring the meeting and arrested Jacobs at the scene. The June 6 indictment also charged Jacobs with witness tampering, murder for hire, solicitation of murder for hire and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, the release states. Jacobs has been in jail awaiting trial since that time.
He faces five to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the attempted arson, and up to 20 years in prison and a $125,000 fine for solicitation of murder for hire. Kubisty's case is still pending trial, according to the release.
This case was investigated by the ATF Tyler Office, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.