Crime

One of two defendants in Grapevine nonprofit fire sentenced

A 27-year-old Grapevine man has been has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined for his involvement in a fire last month that caused extensive damage to a nonprofit’s donation facility.

Jose Orozco pleaded guilty last week to theft and criminal trespass charges in the Feb. 12 fire at Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE), 112 N. Scrbner St.

Orozco stole a blood pressure monitor, wireless cable, Blackberry cables, two DVDs and three video games, police reported.

Orozco was arrested Feb. 18 and had remained in jail. Because he completed his sentence, he was released from jail on Friday, prosecutor Elizabeth O. Kamber said in an email.

As part of the plea agreement, Orozco was fined $217, according to Tarrant County criminal court records.

Zacharia Benali, 21, of Grapevine, is accused of setting the fire. Benali is free on bond.

The fire caused an estimated $75,000 damage to portable buildings, a shipping storage container and bins at GRACE’s Donation Station. That’s where the organization stores many of its donated goods, officials have said. The organization provides food, clothing, medical care, financial assistance, housing and more to families in need.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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