Cuyahoga County

Cleveland man who paid to have his neighbor's house burned down sentenced to 11 years in prison


The man who paid arsonists to torch his neighbor's West 33rd Street home last year was sentenced Wednesday to 11 years in prison.

Irving Galarza will also have to pay one of his neighbors $50,000 in restitution as part of the sentence handed down by Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge Brian J. Corrigan.

Galarza pleaded guilty to attempted murder, aggravated burglary and three counts of aggravated arson in the middle of a trial earlier this month.

Upset over cars parked in his shared driveway last May, Galarza paid Ismael Camacho, who worked at a nearby auto repair shop, to burn down the rental home next door.

Camacho in turn hired another man, Luis Figueroa, who was homeless. On Feb. 10 the two used a gas can to set the back of the apartment house ablaze.

Police were able to trace the men using camera footage taken by a neighbor and nearby surveillance footage. Police first approached Camacho, who confessed to setting the fire and told investigators that Galarza had paid them.

Camacho and Figueroa both pleaded guilty earlier this year and were sentenced to 10 and five years in prison, respectively.

After Galarza was arrested and charged, an investigation into his cellphone records revealed numerous phone calls between Galarza and Camacho in the days leading up to the explosion.

No one died in the fire, but one of the victims continues to suffer from injuries.

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