|For Immediate Release:||
February 17, 2000
ATF Resident Agent in Charge
VA - Patrick D. Hynes, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Washington
Field Division, Lt. Col. Darrell E. Stilwell, Director Bureau of Criminal
Investigations, Virginia State Police and Robert P. Crouch, United States
Attorney, Western Judicial District of Virginia announced the arrest of
John Daniel Payne, a former cadet, for Arson.
2, 1998 a fire was intentionally set in the cadet barracks room within
the Virginia Military Institute, a registered "National Historic Landmark".
Although the building was occupied no injuries were reported. The fire
was set subsequent to expulsion of six cadets by the VMI Honor Court for
hazing violations. The entire VMI Corps of Cadets was informed of the
Honor Court expulsion "drum out" at 3:30 a.m. Shortly thereafter, the
fire was reported. A quick response by VMI cadets resulted in the extinguishing
of the fire before it could spread throughout the barracks.
Virginia State Police, ATF and the United States Attorney investigated
this fire and presented their findings to the Federal Grand Jury in Roanoke,
who issued an indictment for Arson and Obstruction of Justice against
arrest warrant for Payne was executed by ATF and the Virginia State Police
on February 17,2000, without incident. Payne was taken into custody in
Ashland, Virginia and is scheduled to be arraigned in U.S. District Court
in Richmond, VA. The Federal Arson statute carries a twenty-year penalty.
This was last updated on February 19, 2000