A youth pastor who was jailed for raping and impregnating a 16-year-old girl has now been charged with hiring a hitman to kill the judge who sentenced him as well as the leader of his church.
Not sure which Bible verse justifies that one, but there you go.
The 37-year-old Pennsylvania pastor, Jacob Malone, was sentenced to more than three years in prison for sexually assaulting the girl, then allegedly offered his cellmate $5,000 to kill Pastor Harold Lee Wiggins, who called the cops on him regarding the girl.
He also said he would give his cellmate more money if he murdered Judge Jacqueline Cody, who imprisoned him for the assault. He was charged Feb. 24, according to the district attorney.
This inmate contacted the Chester County District Attorney’s Office in July 2019, regarding this accusation. Chester County Detectives conducted an immediate investigation, including interviewing the inmate that defendant had solicited to commit murder. After concluding that Chester County had no jurisdiction over this matter which occurred in Somerset County, PA, our assigned detective promptly referred it to the Pennsylvania State Police in Somerset on August 12, 2019.
District Attorney Deb Ryan stated, “The District Attorney’s Office is deeply concerned about these extremely serious allegations. Most importantly, we can confirm that the victims involved in this case are safe. We are committed to assisting the Pennsylvania State Police and the Somerset County District Attorney’s Office in their investigation.”
In case you think this has nothing to do with religion, you’re wrong. The only reason he was able to take advantage of a child was because he used his unearned respect and position of influence.
The former pastor was initially arrested in January 2016 after the girl gave birth to his child and implicated him in sexually assaulting her, the Daily Local News said.
She thought of him as a father figure, but he took advantage of her “mentally, physically, spiritually,” she told cops, saying the “godly man” proved himself “something else when no one was watching.”
Malone pleaded guilty in April 2017, expecting a plea-deal sentence of two to four years, the paper said.
But Judge Cody surprised him at sentencing, rejecting the lighter sentence and hitting him with three to six years, because the victim wanted him to serve more time for what the judge called his “inexcusable” crimes.
He was so angry about a slightly longer prison sentence — over child sex abuse — that he was willing to pay for a murder… or two.
At least he was caught. Now he’s charged with attempted murder, criminal solicitation, attempted aggravated assault, and terroristic threats, all of which would be added on to his current sentence if he’s convicted.