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Woman Sentenced to 7 Years for JAG Fire

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - A former Fort Benning civilian employee was sentenced Wednesday morning in federal court for burning down the post's historic Judge Advocate General's headquarters.

The woman, 31-year-old Shawana Topekia Pierce, was sentenced to serve 7 years in prison. She pleaded guilty to arson charges in July for a fire that caused almost $10 million in damage. 

Pierce worked at the JAG office before being dismissed during an investigation into another matter.

 Her attorney, B. Miles Hannan of Valdosta, says she was upset because her fellow employees would not support her in an investigation into the theft of office supplies.

U.S. Attorney Maxwell Wood said Pierce broke a window and entered the legal office building, piled papers on desks, poured gasoline and set the fire with a butane lighter.

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