Weatherford man indicted for arson

A Parker County grand jury indicted Jesus Cardenas-Viscalla, 40, of Weatherford, for arson on Oct. 3.

On July 21, a Parker County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to 165 Oak Hill Drive in reference to a domestic disturbance, according to the arrest report. Cardenas-Viscalla’s wife told the deputy that following an argument, she wanted to leave and had family members help gather her belongings.

“[She] stated that while she was gathering her clothes, [her mother] yelled that Jesus Cardenas-Viscalla was pouring gasoline in the house. [The wife] stated that she and her brother and mother then ran out of the house,” according to the report. “[She] stated that while she was running out of the house she heard the striking of a match.”

Cardenas-Viscalla threw the match, ran out of the house and shut the door behind him, according to the report. He then got into his truck and left the scene. While the deputy was speaking with his wife, Cardenas-Viscalla returned to the home where he was detained by the deputy. The deputy located matches in his front pocket.

“Cardenas-Viscalla admitted to pouring gasoline inside the house. [He] stated he used the gasoline he uses for his lawnmower,” according to the report. “Cardenas-Viscalla stated that he then used the matches that [the deputy] found in his pocket to ignite the gasoline that he just poured throughout the house.”

When asked why he started the fire, Cardenas-Viscalla told the deputy that he had wanted to divorce his wife for the last five years and she wouldn’t go, according to the report.

Cardenas-Viscalla was arrested for arson and booked into the Parker County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

“Mr. Cardenas-Viscalla is indicted for a first-degree arson case involving a habitation. That offense is a first-degree felony, which carries a penalty range of five to 99 years or life and a fine of up to $10,000 upon conviction,” Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain said. “The case was assigned to the 43rd District Court, Judge Craig Towson presiding. The court settings have not yet been determined, but I would anticipate that Mr. Cardenas-Viscalla will be on the arraignment docket later this month and will reach the trial docket sometime in January.”

Others indicted on Oct. 3 include:

• Colby Thomas Bainbridge, two counts of theft of a firearm.

• Jose Barrientos Briones, burglary of habitation intend other felony.

• Bobby Joe Birdsong, III, driving while intoxicated, third or more.

• Matthew H. Casey, aggravated assault of a date/family member/household member with a weapon.

• Melissa Allen Dovers, possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, more than 1 gram, less than 4 grams.

• Tatum Leigh Howard, possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, less than 1 gram.

• Lora Anne James, possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, less than 1 gram.

• Ricardo Jimenez, Jr., theft of property, more than $2,500, less than $30,000.

• William Karl Martin, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

• Troy Lon McDaniel, Jr., continuous violence against the family.

• Charmin William, theft of property, less than $2,500 with two or more previous convictions.

• Justin Lee Wolfe, assault of family/household member by impeding breath/circulation, and continuous violence against the family.

• Mariah Russell Alvidrez, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, more than 4 grams, less than 200 grams.

• Shelia Ruth Carpenter, possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, less than 1 gram.

• Piper Lynn Chambers, fraud use/possession of identifying information, less than five items; and credit or debit card abuse.

• Jaden Dawn Galbraith, credit or debit card abuse and fraud use/possession of identifying information, less than five items.

• Ian Kyler Gonzales, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

• Toney Leroy Haynes, assault of family/household member with previous conviction.

• Lena Michelle Martindale, unauthorized use of a vehicle.

• Stanton Cole McAvoy, possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, more than 1 gram, less than 4 grams.

• Anthony Brian Panaro, theft of a firearm.

• Manuel Antonio Rosas, assault of family/household member by impeding breath/circulation.

• Joshua Dawayne Sillemon, assault of family/household member by impeding breath/circulation; and obstruction or retaliation.

• Douglas Eugene Thompson, Jr., assault causing bodily injury with previous conviction; and assault of family/household member by impeding breath/circulation.

• Jessie James Washington, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, more than 4 grams, less than 200 grams. 

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