A Brownsville teen who set bedding material from his bunk at a Texas Juvenile Justice Department facility in Mart on fire in April was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday.
Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court sentenced Irvink Alanis-Manriquez to prison Thursday after the 19-year-old pleaded guilty to arson charges.
Alanis-Manriquez and Julio Daniel Guerrero, of Mart, who both were housed at the McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility, were arrested on arson charges after staff saw a fire during a cell check, according to court records. Alanis-Manriquez tore stuffing out of a mattress pad and set it on fire, according to the affidavit.
“As (an officer) was returning from making her rounds she observed a large amount of black smoke and a large ball of fire inside the cell of youth Manriquez,” the arrest affidavit states.
The fire damaged the cell and materials in the cell. The smoke caused the fire alarm to go off and all the cell doors to open, and several juveniles ran out of their cells, according to the affidavit.
Guerrero, who was housed near Alanis-Manriquez, also used bedding material from his cell and stuffed it between the bunk and wall and set it on fire with a lighter, an arrest affidavit states.
Alanis-Manriquez refused to be interviewed by investigators, but Guerrero admitted to starting the fire in a written statement, according to the affidavit.
Polyester fiber had been wrapped around the fire extinguisher, which prevented it from working properly, staff members reported.
After reviewing surveillance video, officials determined an inmate grabbed another fire extinguisher and put out the fire, the arrest affidavit states. Alanis-Manriquez also grabbed another fire extinguisher and sprayed it toward staff members before he was restrained and put in handcuffs, according to the affidavit.
Guerrero grabbed the fire extinguisher from Alanis-Manriquez and sprayed the rest of its contents onto the floor before throwing it at a staff member, the affidavit states.
Guerrero was sentenced to five years in prison on Oct. 16.