COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - ATF Investigators believe they have the woman that set fire to Fort Benning's JAG office last weekend.
Thirty-year-old Shawana Topekia Pierce, an employee on post, is accused of arson. She appeared before Federal Court Friday morning with U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Mallon Faircloth presiding.
Judge Faircloth issued a gag order until next Thursday, February 19th. Meanwhile, Pierce will be in the Muscogee County Jail. Pierce could serve a minimum of 5-20 years in prison.
The ATF, along with special agents from the Army CID Division say when they raided Pierce's home Wednesday night, personal belongings were packed in her car--- as if she was about to flee.
Investigators say that Pierce was also under investigation for theft of government supplies. The paperwork on that case was housed in the JAG office building.