LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - On Wednesday, a federal grand jury indicted the Lufkin bookstore owner accused in a kidnapping-for-hire plot on two felony-level federal charges.
Lufkin Police officers arrested Jason McLaughlin, 47, on Sept. 26.
Authorities say McLaughlin hired someone to kidnap a man and bring him from Louisiana to Texas. Once here in Texas, McLaughlin had plans to kill the kidnapped man himself, according to his initial arrest affidavit.
The alleged victim would have been McLaughlin's ex-wife's current boyfriend.
The federal grand jury indicted McLaughlin for solicitation to commit a crime of violence and transfer of a firearm to a prohibited person.
Because the crime McLaughlin allegedly solicited was kidnapping, which is punishable by up to life in prison, he is facing a prison sentence of up to 20 years for solicitation charge. He also faces up to 10 years for the firearm charge.
According to the text of the indictment passed down from US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas' Lufkin Division, McLaughlin loaned three guns to the person he hired to carry out the kidnapping. They include a Remington Nylon 66 .22-caliber rifle, a Remington Model 1100 12-gauge shotgun, and a Davis Model DM .22-caliber pistol.
In addition to the guns, the indictment also stated that the federal government will seize $200 in cash, five Winchester 12-gauge shotgun rounds, a box of Winchester PDX Defender 12-gauge shells with eight rounds, a box of Winchester High Velocity Turkey Load 12-gauge rounds, and a set of brass knuckles.
During the month-long investigation into the alleged kidnapping-for-hire plot, FBI agents assisted the Lufkin Police Department investigators.
When McLaughlin was arrested, he was charged with felony criminal solicitation and aggravated kidnapping charges. His bail amount has been increased from $100,000 to $250,000.