ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he set a fire five years ago that burned 142 acres of land belonging to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
The Asheville Citizen-Times (http://avlne.ws/28JO17S ) reports that Raymond Neal Swayney was indicted last month after being accused of setting the May 21, 2011 fire.
Swayney pleaded not guilty to the two arson-related charges Monday in U.S. District Court in Asheville.
If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison, in addition to a fine.
Swayney has been released from custody on a $25,000 bond.
Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com