Three charged with arson of historic cabin

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A federal grand jury Wednesday indicted three people in connection with the 2009 fire of a historic building in the Talladega National Forest near Anniston.

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, in a statement Wednesday to FOX6 News, said Jody Kyle Maples, 21, of Lineville, Grover Shannon Newell, 20, of Anniston, and Jennifer Megan Brooks, 20, of Anniston, were indicted with one count of arson.  The three were charged with burning down the "Pink E. Burns Cabin" near the Rabbittown community.  Vance said Burns was a locally famous trapper, hunter and storyteller who lived in the cabin for many decades before his death in 1999 at age 81. The cabin site was a trail head for the Dugger Mountain Wilderness, as well as a connector to the Pinhoti Trail, which extends along the Appalachian Mountains from Alabama to Georgia.    

"Arson involving the property of the United States is a serious crime, especially when it involves a structure of such historic significance and irreplaceable cultural value to the community," Vance said in the statement. "Those who engage in such dangerous and wanton acts in the Northern District of Alabama should expect to be prosecuted."

Vance said the maximum sentence for arson is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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