Life Sentence for Houston Hit-Man Scheme

Leon Jacob, convicted of hiring a hit man to kill his ex-girlfriend, has been given a life sentence in prison.

The verdict came late Monday afternoon.

Jacob, a 40-year-old failed doctor, has steadfastly maintained his innocence -- even taking the stand for two days in his own defense during the trial.

He said it was provably true that he could not have tried to hire a hit man's services to kill two people -- his former girlfriend, the ex-husband of his new girlfriend, a Houston veterinarian.

His new girlfriend also was charged in the scheme – and she jumped to her death off her high-rise condo shortly after her arrest.

A Harris County jury convicted him last Friday -- requiring little more than an hour to agree on his guilt.

The life sentence was handed down Monday.


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