JAG arson: Judge issues gag order

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.

News Leader 9 is following this story. We'll bring you the latest information as soon as it becomes available.