Second suspect pleads guilty in Cheyenne hotel fire

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) _ A second suspect has pleaded guilty for his role in an arson attack that destroyed a landmark hotel in Cheyenne.

Marcus Trevino pleaded guilty in federal court to aiding and abetting arson and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Each charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and Trevino remained jailed Thursday.

Robert Rodriguez pleaded guilty earlier this month to conspiracy and arson.

Prosecutors say the men acted at the behest of an investor in the company that owned the Hitching Post Inn. The inn was a popular place for state lawmakers to stay before it burned down in 2010.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports hotel investor Ajay Jariwala has pleaded not guilty to six counts including conspiracy, arson and wire fraud and is free on bond.

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