By Sarah Chacko
Killeen Daily Herald
BELTON A 17-year-old Hillsboro woman, whom prosecutors called the inciting force behind a fire that destroyed Schoepfs Old Time Bar-B-Que Restaurant in Killeen, was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday.
Amanda Sue Hoisington, formerly of Salado, was found guilty by Judge Joe Carroll of the 27th District Court on charges of engaging in an organized criminal activity to commit arson by Judge Joe Carroll.
Hector Torres, 17, of Buckholts and Hoisington allegedly conspired with alleged accomplice Michael Pieper, 19, to burn down the Killeen restaurant on March 26, 2004.
Hoisington pleaded her case to the court as her defense attorney, Nikki Mundkowky, tried to show Hoisington as a remorseful teen who now sees the error of her ways.
All I can do is apologize, Hoisington said. Im so sorry.
Hoisington denied that she did anything other than give the idea to Torres and Pieper.
According to the affidavit, firefighters were dispatched at 4:36 a.m. March 26 to Schoepfs, at 1050 Jasper Road, to find it engulfed in flames.
According to the affidavit, Ester Galindo, the manager at Schoepfs, said Hoisington, an employee, allegedly had an argument with another manager March 25 and did not show up March 27 with the rest of the employees to pick up her check.
Hoisington and Pieper both supposedly stated that before the fire, they spoke on the phone and talked of burning down Schoepfs.
Pieper and Torres both allegedly stated that Hoisington said she wanted proof and provided a camera to take pictures, along with providing directions to the restaurant, the affidavit stated.
Pieper and Torres allegedly told authorities that they went to Hoisingtons house and acquired a gas can, which they filled with gasoline, then headed for the restaurant with the camera and an aluminum baseball bat, the affidavit stated.
Prosecutors Paul McWilliams and Leslie McWilliams attempted to break Hoisingtons claim that she stayed away from the other two involved in the fire by showing a series of pictures of her with the accused before and after the fire.
Amanda Hoisington is the reason that Schoepfs burned to the ground, Leslie McWilliams told the court. They [Torres and Pieper] may have finished it, but she started it.
In other court action Tuesday:
n Judge Martha Trudo of the 264th District Court sentenced Ramiro Sotero Donias, 19, of Temple to 10 years of deferred probation and a $1,000 fine for a Sept. 7, 2004, charge of aggravated assault of a child.
n Judge Carroll sentenced Mary Elizabeth Gasparini, 36, of Killeen to five years in prison for an Aug. 9, 2004, charge of possession of cocaine over 1 gram.
n Judge Carroll sentenced Michael Terence Kelker, 19, of Killeen to two years in prison for a Sept. 3, 2004, charge of burglary of a habitation.
n Judge Carroll sentenced Joseph Henry Hammock Jr., 51, of Temple to two years of deferred probation for an Aug. 20, 2004, charge of possession of marijuana, more than 4 ounces, less than 5 pounds.
n Judge Carroll sentenced Maurice Donald Cummins, 28, of Killeen to six years of probation and a $850 fine for a May 27, 2004, charge of enhanced family violence.
n Judge Carroll sentenced Simon Garcia Blanco Sr., 28, of Temple to five years of probation and a $750 fine for a June 10 charge of possession of marijuana, more than 4 ounces, less than 5 pounds.
n Judge Carroll sentenced Raymond Armonda McElrathbey, aka Ray Face, 20, of Killeen to nine months in the county jail, with 315 days of time served, for a Feb. 23, 2004, charge of evading arrest in a motor vehicle.
n Judge Carroll revoked four years of deferred probation for Roshonya Marie Smith, 24, of Academy and sentenced her to six months in state jail for a July 5, 2004, charge of forgery. Smith was previously on probation for a Oct. 23, 2004, charge of burglary of a habitation.
n Judge Carroll sentenced Bucky Phillip Hernandez, 29, of Harker Heights to two years in state jail for a Sept. 5, 2004, charge of possession of marijuana.
n Judge Trudo revoked five years of deferred probation for Owen Thomas III Free, 23, of Killeen and sentenced him to 15 month in state jail for violating terms of his probation for a April 27, 2004, charge of burglary of a building.
n Judge Carroll revoked 10 years of deferred adjudication for Angel Samuel Rodriguez, 52, of Killeen and sentenced him to two years in prison for violating terms of his plea agreement for a March 27, 1990, charge of theft.
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