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May 26, 2011

Hogansburg man admits role in 2008 robbery

AKWESASNE — A fifth person has admitted a role in the robbery of a St. Lawrence County man who was gunned down on his front porch in 2008.

Alan Jacobs, 36, of Hogansburg will serve 20 years in federal prison and forfeit nearly $667,000 in American currency as part of his agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office to plead guilty to conspiracy to engage in a Hobbs Act robbery.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 23.

Jacobs was one of the five men who admitted that at about 12:30 a.m. on May 13, 2008, they went to Daniel Simonds's home on Porter-Lynch Road in the Town of Stockholm to rob him of a bundle of cash and a large shipment of Canadian-grown marijuana.

Once inside, some of the robbers got into a struggle with Simonds, which ended on the front porch, where he was shot once by one of the intruders.

Simonds died seven hours later in a Burlington hospital.

The U.S. Attorney's Office also obtained guilty pleas in the case from Brian J. Latulipe, 28, of Bombay; Kaientanoron L. Swamp, 29, of Hogansburg; Bryan Herne, 31, of Hogansburg; and Derek Cook, 31, of Snye, Quebec.

Two other men in custody in Canada are also being held in connection with Simonds's death: brothers Chad Edwards, 22, and Anson Edwards, 24, both of Cornwall, Ontario.

Extradition proceedings are under way to bring the Edwards brothers to the United States.

With his guilty plea, Jacobs also faces up to five years in post-release supervision and a fine of up to $250,000.

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