LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County judge sentenced one of the four suspects who broke into Lufkin's R&R Washateria and tried to set it on fire to 10 years of deferred adjudication Thursday.
Francisco Cordero, 19, of Lufkin, appeared in Judge Paul White's 159th Judicial District Court for a sentencing hearing, according to his defense attorney, Ryan Deaton.
As part of the sentencing, Cordero will be required to spend an unspecified amount of time at an Intermediate Sanctioned Facility (ISF). An ISF is a fully-secure facility where offenders undergo job skills and life training.
Deferred adjudication is basically probation. If Cordero stays out of trouble for the entire 10-year period, the felony arson charge will be dropped from his criminal record.
Francisco 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.
In late September, another of the suspects received 5 years of shock probation for his part in the crime. Adan Cordero, 17, of Lufkin originally accepted a plea bargain deal of 10 years in prison for pleading guilty to felony charges of arson and escape.
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.
Also arrested in connection to the break-in and attempted arson was Luis Alberto Ramirez, 17. A juvenile were also arrested.