LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - One of four suspects who broke into Lufkin's R&RWashateria on Jan. 12 and tried to set it on fire received 5 years of shockprobation for his part in the crime.
Adan Cordero, 17, of Lufkin, appeared in Judge PaulWhite's 159th Judicial District Court Monday morning. Cordero, who alsothreatened to stab a jailer with a pencil, pleaded guilty to felony charges ofescape and arson and accepted a 10-year prison sentence.
However, at the time, Judge Gerald Goodwin toldCordero that he would consider placing Cordero in shock probation once hecompleted boot in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system.
According to the conditions of Cordero's shockprobation, he is required to get a job within 30 days, and he is supposed toget his GED in 2 ½ years. In addition, Cordero is banned from having anycontact with the other three people involved in the failed attempt to set thewashateria on fire. He also cannot have any gang-related clothing or symbols.
Cordero will also be required to pay restitutiononce that amount is set. In a previous East Texas News story, District AttorneyArt Bauereiss said the damage to R&R Washateria was estimated at $7,000.
Boot camp is modeled after military boot camps andis designed to teach convicted felons discipline. Shock probation is a methodused when a felon is sent to prison and then "shocked" into goodbehavior after having served a few months and granted probation for theremainder 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 LufkinJuvenile Detention Facility when he assaulted a detention officer andthreatened him by placing a pencil near the man's throat.
However, Cordero's escape was short-lived. He was stopped at the facility'sback door and taken back into custody. Cordero was then transferred to theAngelina County Jail.
However, Cordero's escape was short-lived. He was stopped at the facility'sback door and taken back into custody.
Cordero was 16 at the time of when he was arrested for arson, but turned 17by the time he had tried the escape, allowing him to be transferred to theadult 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 todamage and burn the building.
Francisco Cordero, 19, and Luis Alberto Ramirez, 17, and a juvenile werealso arrested.