Former assembly candidate arrested in alleged murder-for-hire plot

FAIRBANKS, AK -- A federal magistrate has ordered that a 55-year-old former Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly candidate remain in jail after he was arrested in an alleged murder-for-hire plot.

During a hearing earlier today in U.S. District Court in Fairbanks, Eric Grabber was read findings from a two count federal indictment by U.S. Magistrate Judge Scott Oravec. Grabber faces a maximum 20-years in jail on charges he had someone travel from Alaska to Indianapolis on December 29th to kill someone in either Indiana or Michigan.

The intended victim is identified in court documents as "G.L.C. Junior,'" and Grabber is accused of paying approximately $40,000 to have the person killed. Prosecutors also say on January 3rd, Grabber made a cellphone call to make sure the plot was being carried out.

Grabber is a licensed gun dealer apparently operating out of his home off Chena Hot Springs Road.

Trial in his case is set for March 11th.