Woman accused of JAG office arson faces $250,000 fine

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The woman accused of setting fire to Fort Benning's JAG office earlier this month made a second appearance in federal court this morning.

Thirty-year-old Shawana Topekia Pierce, an employee on post, has been charged with one count of arson. The charge carries a minimum of 5 to 20 years in prison.

Pierce faces fines up to $250,000 fine.  Her attorney, Mike Reynold requested she be released on bond, but the judge denied it.

Pierce will be held in the Muscogee County Jail until her trial begins in approximately 70 days.

Last week, Magistrate Judge G. Mallon Faircloth issued a gag order which was lifted today.

News Leader 9 has a team working on this story. We'll bring you the latest developments as soon as it becomes available.

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