Benning JAG office arson.

Lily Gordon, Fort Benning hustles to adapt to JAG office loss – this past Monday, apparently due to arson,, 17 July 2009.

No-one was injured.

This story appears in today’s

Saturday, Jul. 18, 2009, Former Fort Benning employee pleads guilty to JAG arson

A former Fort Benning civilian employee has pleaded guilty to burning down the post’s historic Judge Advocate General’s headquarters, causing almost $10 million in damage, in a fit of anger at her co-workers.

Shawana Topekia Pierce, 31, pleaded guilty to arson Wednesday in federal court in Columbus.

Pierce, who had worked at the JAG office before being dismissed during an investigation into another matter, faces five to 20 years in prison. Sentencing has not been set.

You’ll remember my previous admonitions about how much information you can find about witnesses and clients on the internet searching such places as MySpace, well:

After setting the fire, Pierce posted on her page a photograph of herself and inserted her profile name as “Firestarter.” On the Web page, Pierce described her mood as “Happy.” The next day, Pierce changed the “mood” on her MySpace Web page to read “Fabulous.”

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