Arson suspect hit with two felony charges for Mills fires

Greg Lejune makes his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on Thursday afternoon in Casper. Lejune, originally from Fort Hood, Texas, is accused of felony arson for two fires in Mills earlier this year. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — A suspect who police allege started at least two fires in Mills appeared in initial hearings at the Natrona County Circuit Court on Thursday, July 11.

Greg Lejune was charged with two counts of second degree arson. Judge Michael Patchen said that he could not accept a plea as second degree arson is a felony.

Lejune said that he has lived in Mills since March 1. Prior to that, he told the judge he lived in Fort Hood, Texas since December of 2007.

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The district attorney said that Lejune has admitted to starting four fires in Mills. A Mills Police report said that those fires occurred between April 3 and May 24, though their Thursday police press release states that investigators were alleging that their suspect had started two of the fires.

Lejune was appointed a public defender and his bond was set at $100,000. Lejune told the judge that he would not be able to afford bond.

Wyoming State Statutes define second degree arson in the following manner: “A person is guilty of second-degree arson if he starts a fire or causes an explosion with intent to destroy or damage any property to cause collection of insurance for the loss.”

A second degree charge can come with up to 10 years of imprisonment or a fine of “not more than two times the face amount of the insurance, or both.”

The district attorney said that Lejune is alleged to be in connection with other arson cases in Texas. The Copperas Cove Fire Department in Copperas Cove, Texas was among the agencies assisting in the Mills Police Department led investigations.

This article from Maggie Lohmiller on a Central Texas News Now website, states that the Copperas Cove Fire Department was investigating three fires started in February, though the article does not state that investigators had identified any suspect by name.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the respective offices of involved District Attorneys.