Jonathan Barillas, Nyack teen, gets 2-6 years in 2012 arson, burglary spree
A Nyack teenager who went on a burglary and car arson spree in the village last August will serve 2-6 years in state prison for the crime after he agreed to a plea deal, officials said.
Jonathan Barillas, 16, was sentenced Wednesday by State Supreme Court Judge William A. Kelly on his guilty plea to felony third-degree arson, Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said Friday.
Barillas had faced up to 25 years in prison on the most serious felony arson charge alone.
Authorities linked him to two burglaries, on Aug. 10 and Aug. 13, at an office building on Catherine Street in Nyack, officials said. Among the things that he stole was a computer keyboard.
He returned to the building on Aug. 19 and set a fire there, causing heavy damage, according to Orangetown police. No one was injured.
Then, about 2:15 a.m. Aug. 21, Barillas intentionally set fire to four parked vehicles in a two-block stretch of Summit Street in downtown Nyack, officials said. One of the vehicle fires spread to the house there and heavily damaged it. No one was injured in the Summit Street fires.
Orangetown police detectives, aided by members of the Rockland County Sheriff's Department's Bureau of Criminal Investigations and arson units, investigated and arrested Barillas on Aug. 22.
When he was arrested, Barillas had a gasoline credit card he stole from a vehicle, according to Zugibe.
Barillas was initially charged with two counts of felony third-degree burglary, one count of felony second-degree arson, five counts of felony third-degree arson, and two counts of felony fourth-degree grand larceny.
Barillas' attorney, Kenneth Murphy, did not immediately return a call for comment Friday.