Feds charge Lufkin book store owner in kidnapping plot

Jason McLaughlin (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Jason McLaughlin (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Two days after he was arrested in what Lufkin police say was a kidnapping-for-hire plot, federal authorities have filed additional charges against a Lufkin book store owner.

Although the federal affidavit is sealed, the complaint states Jason McLaughlin, 47, "did solicit, command, induce and endeavor to persuade" someone to kidnap someone else.

Police arrested McLaughlin following a month-long investigation. Their nine-page affidavit spelled out his plans.

According to the police affidavit, McLaughlin hired someone to kidnap his estranged wife's boyfriend and bring him from Louisiana to Texas. Once in Texas, the affidavit states McLaughlin had plans to kill the man himself.

McLaughlin owned The Thrifty Nut book store on Chestnut Drive in Lufkin.

In Angelina County, McLaughlin faces a state charge of second-degree criminal solicitation/kidnapping.

McLaughlin's federal charge is listed as solicitation of a crime of violence.

If convicted in federal court, McLaughlin will have to serve his sentence day-for-day, as there is no parole in federal court.

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