Wednesday, January 8, 2014/lk
NESPELEM A man could face up to five years in prison if convicted on federal charges of setting fire to tribal lands.
A grand jury indicted Mylan Williams in U.S. District Court on Dec. 18 for allegedly starting a wildland fire just north of Elmer City on the Colville Indian Reservation last summer.
The indictment alleges Williams willfully and without authority set fire to underbrush and grass on the Colville Indian Reservation, Colville Tribal Chairman Michael O. Finley said in a news release.
The fire happened “on or about July 30,” said Dana Cleveland, from the Office of the Reservation Attorney.
Cleveland said the brush fire was near the turnoff to Peter Dan Road. Cleveland said he did not have the age or city of residence for Williams.
Colville Tribal Police initially investigated the incident and arrested Williams on charges of arson.
Finley and Police Chief Cory Orr could not be reached for further comment.