On March 15, 2013, defendant Gabino Silva 24,pled guilty to Felony Arson and was sentenced to 15 years in the TDC. Gabino Silva is one of two defendants that were charged in the April 19, 2012, fire at the La Estrella Bar at 8011 Harrisburg.
On the night of the fire, Silva and co-defendant Jaime Mata were kicked out of the bar for fighting. Surveillance cameras caught the two barricading the front door to the business in an effort to keep other patrons from leaving. Silva and Mata are then seen pouring gasoline and igniting the back door of the bar. The fire was quickly discovered and the patrons in the bar were able to escape through a third exit on the side of the building. Earlier this month, co-defendant Jaime Mata plead guilty to Arson and is now serving a 30 year sentence.