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Failed Lufkin laundromat arsonist gets 5 years shock probation

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(Sources: Lufkin Police Department and Angelina County Jail) (Sources: Lufkin Police Department and Angelina County Jail)
Franscisco Cordero (Source: Angelina County Jail) Franscisco Cordero (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Luis Ramirez (Source: Angelina County Jail) Luis Ramirez (Source: Angelina County Jail)
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

One of four suspects who broke into Lufkin's R&R Washateria on Jan. 12 and tried to set it on fire received 5 years of shock probation for his part in the crime.

Adan Cordero, 17, of Lufkin, appeared in Judge Paul White's 159th Judicial District Court Monday morning. Cordero, who also threatened to stab a jailer with a pencil, pleaded guilty to felony charges of escape and arson and accepted a 10-year prison sentence.

However, at the time, Judge Gerald Goodwin told Cordero that he would consider placing Cordero in shock probation once he completed boot in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system.

According to the conditions of Cordero's shock probation, he is required to get a job within 30 days, and he is supposed to get his GED in 2 ½ years. In addition, Cordero is banned from having any contact with the other three people involved in the failed attempt to set the washateria on fire. He also cannot have any gang-related clothing or symbols.

Cordero will also be required to pay restitution once that amount is set. In a previous East Texas News story, District Attorney Art Bauereiss said the damage to R&R Washateria was estimated at $7,000.

Boot camp is modeled after military boot camps and is designed to teach convicted felons discipline. Shock probation is a method used when a felon is sent to prison and then "shocked" into good behavior after having served a few months and granted probation for the remainder of the term

At the time of the attempted arson, Cordero was 16. However, he had turned 17 by the time he tried to escape from the Lufkin Juvenile Detention Facility when he assaulted a detention officer and threatened him by placing a pencil near the man's throat.

However, Cordero's escape was short-lived. He was stopped at the facility's back door and taken back into custody. Cordero was then transferred to the Angelina County Jail.

However, Cordero's escape was short-lived. He was stopped at the facility's back door and taken back into custody.

Cordero was 16 at the time of when he was arrested for arson, but turned 17 by the time he had tried the escape, allowing him to be transferred to the adult jail.

Cordero was named a suspect in the arson case of R&R Washateria on Jan. 12. Video surveillance showed Cordero and three others trying unsuccessfully to damage and burn the building.

Francisco Cordero, 19, and Luis Alberto Ramirez, 17, and a juvenile were also arrested.

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