Juan Louis Peralez sentenced to 15 Years for Arson
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GALVESTON – Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady announced today that Juan Louis Peralez, 50, was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison for Felony Arson.

On August 15, 2016, officers with the Texas City Police Department were called to multiple disturbances at an apartment complex. While searching for a possible suspect or witness in the disturbances, TCPD Officer Dricks saw Peralez near the entrance of the Kroger grocery store. Peralez was standing at a cage of propane tanks and appeared to be lighting something on fire that was stuck inside the cage. The officer approached Peralez and ordered him to move away from the cage and get to the ground because the item stuck inside the cage was visibly on fire.

Peralez was searched and was found holding a lighter and a can of lubrication spray. Inside the cage of propane tanks was found burnt paper that had been covered with a suspected accelerant before being set on fire.

On Monday, September 18, 2017, Peralez’ jury trial began in the 56th District Court. Peralez faced a punishment range of 2 to 20 years in prison if found guilty. Yesterday afternoon, shortly before closing arguments were to begin during the guilty phase of trial, Peralez changed his plea to guilty and agreed to the State’s punishment recommendation of 15 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Peralez will have to serve at least one-fourth of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

Peralez was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Charlotte Kim and Kayla Allen in the 56th District Court, with Judge Lonnie Cox presiding. The investigation was conducted by the Texas City Police Department.

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