Jon Brawner, the man claiming to have helped bury John Glasgow, failed to abduct Jim Daven in 2009

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Our partners at Arkansas Business recently took a closer look at Jon Brawner. The convicted felon claims he helped bury Glasgow's body.

    Arkansas Business reports his credibility is obviously suspect. He served time for masterminding the failed abduction of commodities broker Jim Daven in 2009, about 18 months after John Glasgow vanished.

    Jim Daven is a commodities broker in Conway County who hired Jon Brawner but says he soon found out he was not an honest employee. Brawner stole six thousand dollars from Daven's company and was court ordered to pay the money back.

    In January of 2009, deputies told Daven that his former employee tried to hire a hit man to kill him. Eight months later, another scheme unfolded in Daven's front yard but it did not go as Brawner had planned.

    On the morning of July 31st, 2009, Jim Daven began his day as usual but when he went to leave for work, he found two men hiding beside his truck.

    "I kind of accepted the fact that I probably wouldn't survive," said Daven.

    Dressed in gray jumpsuits, the men attacked Daven. Their plan was to kill his family, burn their home and kidnap Daven in order to transfer all of his money to private accounts before killing him in cold blood.

    "The master mind, if you will, was Jon Brawner. I knew that Brawner was working for an oil company and these suits were the same color of the company he was working for which was gray," said Daven.

    Daven's son saw the scuffle from a window and yelled he had a gun. That's when one of the assailants pulled a gun of his own.

    "This man was underneath that window and when he stepped back and pointed that weapon, shots were fired and he was the one that was unfortunate," said Daven.

    A bullet hit the attacker in the head, killing him. The other would-be kidnapper ran.

    "I knew right then what this was. I knew who was behind and there was never a doubt in my mind from that point on," said Daven.

    Brawner plead guilty to robbery and was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 10 years suspended sentence but after entering a Arkansas Department of Corrections boot camp program, he got out after 105 days. He is currently in Faulkner County jail for violating parole and is charged with stalking his ex-wife.

    "What he pulled off on us or what he tried to pull off on us, I'm sure it's been tried on others and the scary thing is it may have been successful in some cases," said Daven.

    Cases, Daven says, such as John Glasgow's.

    "If he was involved in this, I think it would have probably been a major role instead of just an occurrence of someone calling him and him helping to dispose of a body. I don't buy that," said Daven.

    With Brawner admitting a role in Glasgow's disappearance, Daven hopes justice will finally be served.

    "There is a time when you have to answer and that time is now," said Daven.

    As for Daven's kidnapping attempt, deputies arrested a total of four people involved in the plan. According to the affidavit, a woman they arrested told authorities Brawner had asked her if she would be there when they killed Daven. She said Brawner told her there was nothing like the look in a man's eyes right before he died.

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