In February, a fire severely damaged the Ft. Benning JAG office.  On Wednesday, as reported here, a former civilian employee at the office pleaded guilty in U.S. district court to starting the fire.  Ft. Benning’s courtroom where LT Calley’s court-martial, as well as countless other cases, was tried was reportedly destroyed by the fire.

h/t Phil Cave’s Court-Martial Trial Practice blog

4 Responses to “Former civilian employee pleads guilty to starting Ft. Benning JAG office fire”

  1. Anonymous says:

    REVENGE! For something.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Actually reading that, it is totally the plot for Office Space. Office supplies, setting the place on fire. I am sure a red Swingline stapler was involved somehow.

  3. dreadnaught says:

    Anon 12:37 – What are you talking about. It had nothing to do with a Swingline. The fire was clearly linked to the change to the Boston stapler. Get it together.

  4. Dwight Sullivan says:

    The motive appears to be disgruntlement over being fired (no pun intended). According to AP’s article, “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.” The article goes on to explain, “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. ‘She was disgruntled with her fellow employees, who wouldn’t support her in an investigation into the theft of office supplies,’ her attorney, B. Miles Hannan of Valdosta, Ga., said Friday.”