A 24-year-old Visalia man who set fire to a building to cover up a burglary, has been sentenced to two years in prison, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office said.
On April 17, John Harrell burglarized the Tulare-Kings Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on West Main Street. In an attempt to destroy the evidence of the break-in, he set fire to the building, causing over $100,000 in damage, authorities said.
The fire also destroyed a number of the chamber’s historical items and donations raised from a recent community event.
Harrell was found in possession of items stolen from both the Tulare-Kings Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Old West Export business.
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On Sept. 30, Harrell pleaded guilty to arson, commercial burglary, receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was also ordered to pay $116,477 in restitution.