Gabino Silva: Final Defendant Who Barricaded Bar Before Setting It on Fire Gets 15 Years (w/VIDEO)
Gabino Silva gets 15 years in TDCJ.
Photo by HPD
The April 2012 arson at La Estrella won't be forgotten by those who've seen the security video of the event.
The video shows two men who'd been kicked out of the crowded eastside bar calmly barricading the doors to the place, trapping the patrons still inside and then setting fire to it. Luckily the arsonists were unaware of one semi-hidden exit door, and everyone managed to escape unharmed.
One of the arsonists, Jaime Mata, pled guilty to arson and is serving a 30-year sentence.
His assistant, Gabino Silva, 24, entered a guilty plea today to felony arson, Houston police say, and received a 15-year sentence.
Here's the video of the two men outside the bar, which is in the 8000 block of Harrisburg, blocking the doors with pieces of wood and then pouring gasoline at strategic spots:
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