Judge sentences Lufkin man to 4 years in kidnapping plot

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

BEAUMONT, TX (KTRE) - A federal judge has sentenced a Lufkin man to four years in prison for his part in a kidnapping-for-hire plot, according to his attorney.

Attorney Ryan Deaton said Jason McLaughlin, 48, will get credit for time served.

McLaughlin pleaded guilty last May to solicitation to commit a crime of violence. He faced up to 20 years in prison.

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.

Before his arrest in September of 2015, McLaughlin owned and ran The Thrifty Book Nut bookstore on Chestnut Drive in Lufkin.

Deaton said he argued in court on Wednesday to have the plea withdrawn, but Judge Zack Hawthorn denied the motion.

McLaughlin entered the plea in May with a different attorney. Since then, he had changed attorneys.

"We felt like we had an entrapment defense," Deaton said. "We felt like the confidential informant pressured him to do the crime."

KTRE has reached out to Lufkin Police for comment on the allegations against the informant.

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